Source: Vermont DOE. 10.14.2009# END # Only one state outperformed Vermont in eighth-grade math and only two states outperformed Vermont in fourth-grade math on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), according to results released by the US Department of Education today.Highlights for Vermont results include:· Vermont students were only outperformed by students in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on the fourth-grade exam.· Vermont students were only outperformed by students in Massachusetts on the eighth-grade exam.· Vermont was one of only five states or jurisdictions to show growth in scores in both grade levels, and all three New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) participants were included in that group of five (Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire). The other two were Nevada and the District of Columbia.“What is really impressive about these results is that the three NECAP states were already star performers,” said Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca. “It is easy to show growth when you are on the lower end, but for these well-performing states to continue to show growth is notable.”Vermont has shown steady gains on NAEP in both fourth and eighth grade math since 2003. Fifty-one percent of Vermont grade four students achieved the rating of “at or above proficient” compared to 38 percent of fourth-graders nationally. Forty-three percent of Vermont grade eight students achieved the rating of “at or above Proficient” compared to 33 percent of eighth-graders nationally.Poverty-based achievement gaps are still a concern. The gap between students eligible for the free/reduced priced lunch program and their peers is formidable (19 points in grade four and 23 points in grade eight).“While it is incredibly exciting that Vermont students perform so well compared to other states and continue to post gains on NAEP, it is disappointing that our low-income population did not improve to our expectations this year,” said NAEP Coordinator Susan Hayes. “We must determine how to address the stubborn achievement gap that persists between disadvantaged youngsters and their wealthier peers.”Vermont students took the exam during the months of January, February and March of this year. As part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), all states must participate in NAEP assessments in reading and mathematics at grades four and eight every other year. National and state-to-state comparisons are based on data from public schools only. Results for individual schools or students are not reported. For Vermont’s NAEP results, visit: http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#naep(link is external). For a complete set of national results, visit http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard(link is external).For more information, contact Susan Hayes at (802) 828-5892 or email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or Jill Remick at (802) 828-3154 or firstname.lastname@example.org(link sends e-mail).
Advocate Jacob Mudenda, the Speaker of Parliament, has ruled that the MPs that left the MDC-T to form UMDC will no longer be allowed to sit in parliament and their seats are now vacant which has set up the country for another string of by-elections.The 21 MDC-T legislators, 17 from the National Assembly and four Senators have had their seats declared vacant after they were recalled by their party for forming a new political outfit,with Welshman Ncube’s MDC, which they call UMDC.The legislators were under threat of losing their seats for some time after Zanu PF MP for Buhera West Oliver Mandipaka on 5 March raised a point of order in the National Assembly saying they were in the House illegally.The MPs that left the MDC-T, among them former secretary-general Tendai Biti, crossed over to the MDC Renewal Team, before forming a joint political party with Welshman Ncube’s MDC, which they call UMDC.Mandipaka suggested they should now be expelled from Parliament like former Headlands MP Didymus Mutasa and Hurungwe West MP Temba Mliswa.
Super Falcons of Nigeria striker Ini-Abasi Umotong has expressed enthusiasm about starting the new phase of her life where football will no longer compete with education for her attention.The former Portsmouth FC and Oxford United star, last month, graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from the University of Southampton. Soon after, her move to Brighton and Hove Albion was announced, and one cannot help but marvel at how she was able to effectively manage her time in such a thoroughly demanding circumstance to achieve great results on and off the pitch.“From the beginning of my degree I always wanted to play football as well, and my parents did stress their concern of me doing so as they wanted my studies to be the main priority.” Umotong told busybuddiesng.com. “I understood their concern and I agreed that ultimately my studies would take priority, but I knew it was also possible to do well in both and there were other generations who have done so such as Eniola Aluko. And so my thinking was if they can do it then so can I.“My first year at the university I was playing at Portsmouth which is about 30 minutes’ drive from my university and when I had great success at the club and finishing my first year with a First Class also, I said to myself ‘okay I can push myself further’. So during my second year I moved to Oxford who were at the time the closest Super League team to my university and they were about an hour and 15 minutes’ drive away from Southampton. This is where the real challenge began.”The 23-year-old was juggling being a football star as well as a full-time student and while she held on strongly to the belief that she could succeed in both, she had to make a lot of sacrifices too. She travelled to Oxford four times a week – a round trip of about three hours, was doing various work experience for her course and still spared some time for friends and family.“It wasn’t easy,” she admitted. “But with the right will power and determination, hard work and, of course, God it was definitely possible.“I had to learn to really effectively multi-task including like studying on the way home from away games. It was a lot of late nights and early mornings especially during my exam periods where I get to the library for around 10 am in the morning. I wouldn’t leave until about 4,5am in the (next) morning, then I go home, sleep for a little bit, wake up and do the exact same thing for the next day,” she narrated.Umotong then hailed her family and friends whose “great network of support” alongside the great facilities and support from her university, saw her through her “very demanding” course.Particularly she mentioned that: “I had a close knit group of friends on my course who joined me during the late nights at the library, and having that study group made a massive difference as I never felt alone but all in all I’m just over the moon to have come out with a First Class and now I can concentrate solely on football and see where this takes me.”Umotong garnered over 50 goals whilst playing for Portsmouth FC, and last season she received two awards as a player of Oxford United; the Golden Boot in FA Women’s Premier League 2 as top scorer and the league’s Players’ Player of the season.Now that all her attention is fixed on her football career, will be defending the colours of Brighton and Hove Albion in the new FA WSL2 season, while she is also looking forward to earning more caps for the Nigeria Women’s National Team. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-2-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Ini-3-August-4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Related Photo credit: southampton.ac.uk;seagulls.fawsl.com