Vermont among top performers on national math assessment

first_imgSource: 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 susan.hayes@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) or Jill Remick at (802) 828-3154 or jill.remick@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Typhoon Maysak hits waterlogged Koreas with heavy rain, wind

first_imgHeavy winds and rain lashed much of the Korean peninsula Thursday after Typhoon Maysak made landfall, even as damage from a previous typhoon last week was still being repaired and a third typhoon gathered strength off the coast.Typhoon Maysak, the ninth of the season and the fourth to hit the peninsula this year, was among the strongest to strike Korea in years, and is expected to affect most of North and South Korea.Some areas on the southern resort island of Jeju reported more than 1,000 millimeters (39 inches) in rainfall since Tuesday, and the typhoon left some 120,000 households without power across the country, according to the weather agency and interior ministry. For a second week in a row, North Korea’s state TV carried overnight reports on Wednesday and Thursday showing storm surge and flooding, including in the coastal town on Wonsan.On Tuesday state news agency KCNA reported that measures were being taken across the country to fix street lights and roofs, inspect infrastructure, monitor water levels, and move ships to safe anchorages.”Officials of the Party and power organs at all levels are conducting intensive information campaign among people to let them deep understand the importance of work for preventing typhoon damage and methods of coping with its crisis,” KCNA said.North Korea’s agriculture sector is particularly vulnerable to severe weather, and this summer’s storms and floods have raised concern’s over the country’s already tenuous food situation.Typhoon Haishen, meanwhile, is forecast to make its way toward South Korea by early next week. Topics :center_img Hundreds of flights were cancelled and delayed, and the southern city of Busan in South Korea saw heavy winds as the storm’s track placed it squarely in its path.Typhoon and heavy rain warnings were issued for much of the rest of South Korea, which earlier this year saw the longest stretch of rainy weather on record, leading to deadly floods and landslides.The Japanese coastguard was searching for a cargo ship carrying thousands of head of livestock and dozens of crew members that went missing after issuing a distress signal due to Typhoon Maysak.North Korea took the brunt of last week’s Typhoon Bavi, and on Thursday, state media reported that the country’s premier, Kim Tok Hun, had toured flood-hit areas and discussed ways to limit damage from Typhoon Maysak.last_img read more

Ella Turner September 8, 1923 – January 19, 2019

first_imgElla Turner, age 95 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019. Born September 8, 1923 in Hazard, Kentucky the daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Gaye) Sizemore,Ella married Isaac Turner June 19, 1941 in Newport, Kentucky. Member of St Leon Church of Christ, was a story teller, poem and song writer. Foster parent of six foster children for many years.Ella is survived by her children Eugene (Debbie) Turner of West Harrison, Indiana, Donald (Linda) Turner of Okeana, Ohio, Lonnie (Vivian) Turner of Bethel, Ohio, Wayne Turner of Harrison, Ohio, Greg (Debbie) Turner of West Harrison, Indiana, Rosezetta (Floyd) Brown of Bright, Indiana and Lana (BJ) Wolf of West Harrison, Indiana. Grandmother of 16, great grandmother of 33.Preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Sarah Sizemore, husband Isaac Turner and sisters Bessie Palmer and Cassie Sizemore.Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. until time of funeral services at 12:00 P.M. all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at New Haven Cemetery Harrison, Ohio.last_img read more