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.
Hock is Director of Educational Assessment. Pam Cyr is a 5th grade math teacher at Shelburne
Community School. John Pandolfo is a math teacher at Spaulding
High School in Barre. They spoke
with VPR’s Jane Lindholm about math scores and curricula in use across Vermont.
Thirty percent of Vermont’s
11th graders scored proficiently in the math portion of this year’s
NECAP state assessment tests. We talk with the state’s Director of
Educational Assessment, Michael Hock, about the low scores. And we hear from math teachers about how math is taught in classrooms around the state. Also, we look at a new affordable housing report, and we bring you an audio postcard from Londonderry.
Education Commissioner Richard Cate says it’s critical to
find new ways to teach Vermont
students math and writing skills.
That’s because new test results show that roughly two-thirds
of all high school juniors aren’t proficient in the subjects.