Vermont Evaluating How To Improve Science And Math Education

The 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.

NECAP Results Show Drop In Math Achievement

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.

Teaching Math

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.