Vermont among top performers on national reading assessment

first_imgReading scores for Vermont students were among the highest in the country on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center on Educational Statistics (NCES). Overall, only Massachusetts outperformed Vermont on the fourth-grade test, while no other state outperformed Vermont at the eighth-grade level.Vermont students were also among the highest achievers in the country when the NAEP mathematics results were released in October 2009. Only Massachusetts and New Hampshire had significantly higher math scores at the fourth-grade level and only Massachusetts had significantly higher math scores at the eighth-grade level.Nationally, NAEP reading scores at the fourth-grade level were the same as 2007, the last time the assessment was administered. About two-thirds (67 percent) of U.S. fourth-graders scored at or above the NAEP basic level both years. At the eighth-grade level, the percentage of students scoring at or above the basic level increased one percentage point, from 74 percent in 2007 to 75 percent in 2009.Growth in NAEP reading scores was also nominal in Vermont. In 2009, the percentage of Vermont fourth-graders who scored at or above the basic level on the NAEP Reading Assessment was 75 percent, as compared to 74 percent in 2007. At the eighth grade level, 84 percent of Vermont students scored at or above the basic level in 2007 and 2009. “It’s always great to see Vermont students leading the country,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “But I am concerned about the lack of progress from two years ago, particularly for our students from low-income families.”Poverty-based achievement gaps have been a persistent concern in Vermont, and the current NAEP results show no signs that the gaps in reading are closing. In grade four, 62 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch[1] (FRL) scored at or above the basic level on the 2009 NAEP Reading assessment, compared to 82 percent of students not eligible for FRL. In grade eight, 73 percent of students eligible for FRL scored at or above the basic level, compared to 88 percent of their non-eligible peers. These results are not significantly different from the gaps noted on the 2007 test.Vermont students took the NAEP reading exam during the months of January, February and March of 2009. As part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), all states are required to 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 a complete list of state and national results, visit http://www.nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard(link is external).For more information, contact Michael Hock at (802) 828-2115 or [email protected](link sends e-mail) or Jill Remick at (802) 828-3154 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).Source: Vermont Department of Education. 3.24.2010last_img read more

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Olivier Giroud Focus

first_img Olivier Giroud is one of the options currently at Arsene Wenger’s disposal and he was deployed as the lone striker in Sunday’s Premier League opener against West Ham – a match the Gunners lost 2-0. Here, Press Association Sport analyses the performance of the France international. There have been plenty of protracted rumours linking Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema with a move to Arsenal as they look to add more fire-power to their squad. GOAL THREAT Non-existent in the opening 45 minutes, he rippled the side-netting as Arsenal set about finding an equaliser after the break before forcing Adrian into a low save with a deflected effort moments later. Never had another clear-cut chance but can be forgiven after receiving a nasty blow on the back of the head when challenging for a high ball with James Tomkins. WORK RATE Waited for the ball on a number of occasions early on and was less pro-active than the Arsenal fans would have liked. Still proves a little immobile at times and that can be problematic for a striker flying solo. Never looked in the game and will be disappointed not to have taken a chance to silence his critics, who say he is not good enough to fire Arsenal to the title. CROWD REACTION Moans and groans as he did not hit the ground running but given a good reception when forced on to the sidelines following his heavy knock. Arsenal fans appreciate Giroud’s contribution but no doubt most are in hope that another forward comes in before the deadline. DO ARESENAL NEED BENZEMA? Yes. Giroud will always score goals, as will the likes of Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, while Alexis Sanchez will obviously add to the collective tally. But in Benzema, Wenger would have a striker proven at scoring well over 20 goals at the highest level. With the system deployed by Wenger, Giroud is arguably the forward most suited to what his manager wants from a front-man, but Benzema would be seen as an upgrade in almost every area. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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