Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca discusses his new role and the governor’s educational priorities, Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson explains the changes in the Homestead Tax and we visit a pond hockey tournament.
looks at the kind of conditions technology companies need to start-up
and expand in Vermont – from infrastructure to a tech-savvy workforce.
Does Vermont embrace technology entrepreneurship?
are some big changes coming to the state’s education community. Lawmakers this
session approved elevating the Department of Education to a full agency, which
means it will be led by a secretary who will be in the governor’s cabinet. Education commissioner Armando Vilaseca says the
change will help highlight education issues.
most recent NECAP results are in, and they indicate that a majority of
Vermont high schoolers are not meeting standards in math and
science. Just 36 percent of 11th graders were proficient in math,
and just 30 percent were proficient in science. Students in elementary and
middle school did significantly better on the math and science exams – the drop
is concerning many educators.
Last year’s results show that nearly 75 percent of Vermont students are proficient in reading, and nearly 50
percent or more are proficient in writing. But only 36 percent of 11th
graders scored at the proficient level in math.