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.
than a third of Vermont’s schools failed to make progress in the past year toward
increasing their students’ test scores. Officials
say that may be because the standards got tougher.
VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, some school administrators still question the value
of the assessments.
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.