Vermont NECAP school scores indicate slow progress

first_imgBased on testing last fall, educational achievement in Vermont continues to show small but continued growth in reading, but little progress in math for grades 3-8 over time and a drop of one percent since 2009. Meanhwile, grade 11 progress indicates that writing and math have improved, while reading has remained flat over the last three years. Seventy percent of 11th graders achieved proficiency in reading and less than 40 percent of 11th graders achieved proficiency in math; writing scores were at 50 percent proficiency. Female students did much better in reading for all grades, while male and female students were on par in math. Economically disadvantaged students continued to make progress in both reading (up to 58 percent proficient) and math (up to 49 percent proficient) for grades 3-8. Statewide assessment results for Fall 2010 were released by the Vermont Department of Education today at a special press conference held at the Pavilion Auditorium in Montpelier. The results are from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) exams, given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and grade 11. Students were tested in Reading and Mathematics. Writing was assessed at grades 5, 8, and 11. The following table illustrates the percent of Vermont students proficient in the content area by grade span: (SEE GRAPHS BELOW)Grade LevelReadingMathWritingElementary/Middle School (3-8)73%65%57%High School (11)72%38%50%‘I am proud to live and work in a state where local communities have worked so hard to build a reputation of high-quality education,’ said Deputy Education Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. ‘This year’s NECAP results are both an indicator of this success and a barometer that shows us where we still have room for improvement.’ The department invited all students who took the exam at Montgomery Elementary School and their teachers and principal to the press conference to recognize their achievement. Using groups of students enrolled at their school for three years or more, the department identified 14 schools across the state with high scores for all students, as well as students in poverty, and with at least 25% of their student population qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch. Of the schools identified, Montgomery had the highest percentage of students in poverty (63%), but also had the highest overall percent of students proficient and above (92.9%), and the highest percentage of students in poverty proficient and above (88.8%). ‘These scores are the result of many years of hard work by every person in the building,’ said Montgomery Center School Principal Beth O’Brien. ‘We are committed to continuous improvement, and using data and curriculum alignment to drive instruction. Our motivation and sense of accountability are deeply rooted in our recognition of the impact that excellent instruction has on student learning. Working collaboratively with a clear focus on improving student learning has helped us to create a culture of high expectations and achievement, which we hope keeps things moving in the right direction for many years to come. We realize that effective schools are the result of highly functioning systems, and know that we could not be successful without the support of an informed school board, involved parents, a dedicated and hard working supervisory union staff, and a vibrant community.’ Principal O’Brien cited a recent Vermont Department of Education study entitled Roots of Success: Effective Practices in Vermont Schools as outlining eight key characteristics of effective schools that she and her staff used as a blueprint for building a successful school. These characteristics include the belief that all students can succeed; effective school leadership; a professional teaching culture that supports high-quality instruction; supportive school climate; and building constructive relationships with families. The NECAP exams are given in collaboration with Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. These exams are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in Vermont’s Grade Expectations. This is the sixth year of results on the NECAP exams for grades three through eight and the fourth year for grade 11. As required under the No Child Left Behind Act, a Science assessment is given each May in grades four, eight and 11. For the complete packet of state results, including the Power Point from today’s press conference, visit http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/dept/press_releases.html(link is external). For school-by-school results, visit: http://www.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#necap(link is external).  Explanation of Identification of 14 Vermont Schoolswith High Achievement for All Students Vermont students generally do well on standardized achievement tests such as those that comprise the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).  Unfortunately, students from lower income families often do not share these academic successes with their classmates from higher income families. Test scores for economically disadvantaged students, defined by their eligibility for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL), tend to be significantly lower in all achievement areas, producing what has come to be known as the ‘Achievement Gap.’ This year, for example, barely half of Vermont’s economically disadvantaged students in grades 3-8 scored proficient or higher on NECAP, twenty-five percentage points lower than their economically advantaged peers. The achievement discrepancy between these two student groups is not unique to Vermont, nor is it new. For more than a decade the Achievement Gap has been the major focus of research, legislation and school reform efforts across the country.With the release of the fall 2010 NECAP results, the Vermont Department of Education has made an effort to identify schools with relatively high concentrations of poverty that demonstrate high achievement for ALL students, including students who are economically disadvantaged. The following criteria were used to select schools: The analysis was based on a cohort of students tested in 2010 who attended their school for at least three consecutive years (students whose achievement is truly representative of their school’s systems and strategies);At least 25% of students in the cohort enrolled in the FRL program;The average of proficient NECAP reading and math scores for all students in the cohort is at least 80%, nearly 10 percentage points higher than the state average;The average of proficient NECAP reading and math scores for FRL students in the cohort is at least 70%, more than 10 percentage points higher than the state average. The Vermont Department of Education is pleased to recognize the high achievement of the students in these schools, and plans to learn about and share the systems, programs and strategies that have contributed to their success.Source: Vermont DOE. 2.9.2011 ###last_img read more


Apply now for England Golf regional coaching

first_img England Golf is seeking talented youngsters from across the country to form 30 regional coaching squads for training over the winter months of 2014/15.Young golfers should apply now for the boys’ and girls’ U16 regional coaching programme and the mixed U18 AASE regional coaching squads.If their initial application is successful, they will be invited to one of the regional squad selection weekends in September which will include skills tests, player profiling and on-course ability assessment.Players selected for the squads will receive 20 days of squad coaching, individual sessions and match days plus an equivalent of 10 days of physical development. This mirrors the pattern of the successful 2013/14 coaching programme.“The regional squad structure continues to go from strength to strength” commented Stephen Burnett, Performance Manager for the England Golf men’s programme.“The mix of squad time, individual coaching and then the opportunity to compete against neighbouring regions has been very well received. Add to that the opportunity to further their physical training and England Golf is providing a sound foundation for the development of our young players.”Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Performance Director, added: “We aim to give our talented young players the best golf development experience available.“In return, we expect the players to commit themselves to a programme of golf coaching and physical training that will set them up for life. By continuing our coaching commitment with this age group, we are giving England Golf the best chance of success at U18, men’s and women’s and ultimately touring professional level in the future.”“There is no guarantee that the current best players at these age groups will automatically gain a squad place, they will have to work for it and demonstrate their desire,” stated Edwards.“Current performance levels are a key factor but they will have to be matched and exceeded by work ethic, commitment and their attitude to improving. The player with more hunger and thirst for improvement is always likely to come out the more proficient golfer in the long run.”The deadline for U16 Regional Squad applications is Friday 22nd August 2014.The deadline for the U18 AASE Regional Squad applications is Friday 29th August 2014 and requires a two year commitment from potential applicants. 9 Jul 2014 Apply now for England Golf regional coaching last_img read more


SANTA ANITA TO AGAIN OFFER FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE CONNECTING GREAT RACE PLACE TO ARCADIA GOLD LINE STATION

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2016)–Santa Anita Park has announced that it will again offer fans free shuttle service connecting The Great Race Place with the Metro Gold Line Arcadia Station beginning opening day of the track’s 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 30.Beginning tomorrow, the Santa Anita shuttle will run on all race days and will operate in conjunction with Arcadia’s Transit Shuttle, providing fans with a non-stop trip to and from Santa Anita.The Santa Anita Shuttle will operate with pickup and drop off service available every 20 minutes, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each racing day.Santa Anita Ambassadors will be available to assist fans who may have questions regarding their visit to Santa Anita.In addition to the Santa Anita Shuttle, the Arcadia Transit Green Line Shuttle, which features stops at Santa Anita, Methodist Hospital, the Westfield Santa Anita Mall and the L.A. County Arboretum, will operate seven days a week from 7:10 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.Regular post times are 12:30 p.m. on weekends and 1 p.m. on weekdays. For closing week post times, please visit santaanita.com. TRACK’S 23-DAY AUTUMN MEET TO OPEN ON FRIDAY WITH FIRST POST TIME AT 1 P.M.last_img read more


Cardinals fall to Paradise in five

first_imgCorning >> The Corning Cardinals baseball team struggled against James Erisman’s pitching Friday afternoon, managing just a single run in the first and falling 11-1 in five innings to the Paradise Bobcats.Erisman threw a gem, striking out 10 Cardinals and giving up just 4 hits, an earned run and no walks. The Bobcats scored in the first when Erisman got aboard at leadoff, stole second and third and Frankie Cleary brought him home with a sacrifice fly to center. Kevin Wright came home on a …last_img read more


Another slow start, another familiar end result for Sharks

first_imgNASHVILLE — The Sharks are bringing Patrick Marleau back to the organization with the idea that he can provide some veteran depth and much-needed versatility to a lineup that’s been shorthanded all season.But Marleau, despite his remarkable career, can’t be expected to be a cure-all.The Sharks allowed two goals by Roman Josi, third period goals by Kyle Turris and Filip Forsberg and only partly ended their offensive frustrations in a 5-2 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, dropping …last_img read more


South Africa’s labour market

first_img Legislation is supported by codes of good practice, issued by the Department of Labour. Occupational health and workplace safety is also closely regulated. Formal sector (non agricultural): 9,6-millionInformal sector (non agricultural): 2,2-millionAgriculture: 685 000Private households: 1,1-million South Africa’s labour market transformed since 1994, with an emphasis on strategies that eliminate labour inequalities of the past and improve general working conditions for all South Africans.Legislation and policy The most notable pieces of legislation which aim to strengthen the labour market include: the Labour Relations Act (LRA); the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA); the Employment Equity Act (EEA); and the Skills Development Act (SDA). Business organisations South Africa also has a number of employers’ organisations. Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) represents the collective interests of business in South Africa in the context of the Nedlac forum.Disputes Labour disputes are dealt with on several levels: either through bargaining councils, the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), the Labour Court or by private arbitration. Read more: Employment equity FAQ Read more: Trade unions in South Africa According to StatsSA’s figures for the last quarter 2012, about 4,5-million people were looking for work, of which 3,1-million (or 68%) have been looking for work for a year or longer. Just over 61% of the job seekers did not have matric. Trade unions Trade unions play an important role in South Africa’s labour relations. There are three major union federations in SA, whose affiliates represent a broad spectrum of industry: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the Federation of Trade Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu). These three federations form the labour constituency at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), together with members representing the state and business interests. SAinfo reporter Reviewed: 3 May 2013Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) was established in 1996, to resolve labour disputes. CCMA arbitration awards that are contested or disputes that cannot be resolved by conciliation may be taken to the Labour Court in certain cases. Since its inception in 1996, the CCMA has dealt with thousands of cases. The majority of disputes referred to the CCMA relate to individual dismissal and are settled at the conciliation stage.Employment equity The Employment Equity Act requires designated employers to compile and implement an Employment Equity Plan aimed at promoting equal opportunities and affirmative action, while eliminating unfair discrimination. Designated employers include those who employ more than 50 people, or have an annual turnover of a certain amount. The Act is intended to redress the employment disadvantages of black people, women and those with disabilities (“designated groups”). A designated employer is required to implement affirmative action measures for designated groups in order to achieve employment equity. Website: www.labour.gov.za The workforce With an unemployment rate of around 25%, South Africa’s biggest challenge is the creation of jobs. The global recession of 2008 hit the local labour market hard, and more than a million jobs were lost by 2010. However, the market is gradually recovering and this is expected to help employment figures. According to Statistics SA, South Africa has a workforce of more than 18-million people (this includes those either working or available to work and actively seeking work). Of these, around 13,5-million are employed:last_img read more


Silicone Micro Rings Beads – the bead it good

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Andrew teases return in Sherlock as Moriarty

first_imgLos Angeles: Actor Andrew Scott has teased his comeback into the Sherlock universe as villain Jim Moriarty, as he said that the door is never fully closed. “I think everybody’s sort of doing their own separate thing just at the moment,” he said to digitalspy.com. “I know Stephen (Moffat) and Mark (Gatiss) have done a version of ‘Dracula’ which I’m looking forward to seeing. For me, the door is never fully closed. It’s closed at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be opened at some point in the future. But it’s definitely not something that’s on the agenda in the foreseeable future,” added the actor. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaHe also said that he doesn’t know much about the future of the BBC One series. Sherlock made Scott along with Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman global stars. In second season of the series, Moriarty takes his own life, but keeps on making appearances through flashback sequences. Is he interested in making a comeback by similar means? “I would just listen to what their idea was, and just put forward a couple of my suggestions.last_img read more


Jamaica Teachers to receive revised standards by October

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica, September 6th, 2017 – Kingston –  The revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the UniversityCouncil of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year. This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop  held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published. “This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to- face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added. Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce. “The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrityand adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.#PressRelease Related Items:#magneticmedianews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more


Wheels of Change offers parttime jobs transportation for homeless

first_img“Wheels of Change” offers part-time jobs, transportation for homeless 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings Updated: 3:25 PM Posted: February 26, 2018 , center_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe City of San Diego has announced a new program that provides day jobs and transportation for homeless people. Councilmember Scott Sherman says the program, called “Wheels of Change,” could help address one aspect of a multifaceted issue.“There’s a segment of the homeless who do want to work and want to try and get back on their feet,” Sherman said. “They’re out there.”A van will pick up 10 to 12 people at a time and take them to do jobs like weed-pulling, brush abatement and litter cleanup. Sherman says this will make city employees available for other jobs while helping people get on their feet. It may also help homeless people build networks with people who can help them find permanent housing.The first six months of the program will be funded by the private citizen who first brought the idea to the city.“They believed in it so strongly that they’re going to fund the first six months,” Sherman said. “They already bought the van. It’s all ready to go. It just shows that this is a community wide program and it takes more than just one segment of the community trying to solve it.”KUSI’s Ed Lenderman was live at the Barrio Logan bridge shelter on Good Morning San Diego with more information. February 26, 2018last_img read more