first_imgThe Vermont Department of Education released 2009 school accountability determinations as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) today. The department determines whether schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Those that do not meet AYP enter School Improvement.Results show:One school exited School Improvement.Seventy-seven schools, or 25 percent, are now in School Improvement.Thirty-one of those schools are now in Corrective Action.Eighty-eight schools, or 29 percent, did not make AYP this year.Twelve of those schools did not make AYP for the first time. “Schools are targeting instruction to ensure all students make adequate yearly progress,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Challenges still remain, especially for students in poverty and English language learners. The department will continue to provide outreach to identified schools to ensure the needs of all our children are addressed.”A school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting targets set by the state as required by NCLBA. These targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. A school that does not make AYP for two consecutive years enters School Improvement, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement in the area(s) designated as not making AYP. A school that does not make AYP for four consecutive years enters Corrective Action, and the commissioner recommends to the State Board of Education actions specific to that school. If an identified school makes AYP two years in a row, it exits School Improvement.A school must make adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for students in several sub-groups. AYP determinations are made for sub-groups of students by race, socio-economic status, English language learners and students with disabilities. Schools must have at least 40 students in a given sub-group in order for a decision to be made for that group.“Over 200 schools met all requirements of the state’s accountability system for 2009,” said Director of Standards and Assessment Gail Taylor. “Of the 36 schools on the school improvement list, Colchester Middle School exited school improvement, and Burke School met all of the requirements this year. If it meets all the requirements next year, it too will exit school improvement.”More than one-third of the remaining schools in School Improvement increased either the number of content areas or the number of student groups for which they met the accountability requirement. Of the 42 schools entering school improvement this year, 11 (more than one-fourth) made similar progress since last year. AYP determinations are based on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessments and the Vermont Alternate Assessments given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. The NECAP was given to students in grades three through eight and grade 11 in October 2008. This is the fourth year these exams have been given in the elementary and middle grades, and the second time they were given to students in grade 11.More information on school and district performance can be found on the department’s Web site at http://www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/pgm_accountability.html#AYP(link is external).View the entire press release packet here: http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/dept/press_releases/educ_ayp_pac…(link is external).###last_img read more

first_imgParents: as you make those holiday gift to-do lists, don’t forget your child’s teacher!For eight hours a day, five days a week, these men and women are educating the next generation. It’s an important job, which can make it challenging for parents to figure out budget-friendly ways to show their appreciation.Let’s face it, how much candy and sweets can they realistically eat? And those who have been teaching for years already have impressive coffee mug collections.So what do teachers want? We asked a few and here are some ideas:Gift cards: Whether from Amazon, a favorite brand retailer, coffee shop or local vendors, a gift card is the gift that keeps giving year round. Pair it with a personal note and you can never go wrong.Grant wishes: With budget cuts, teachers’ wish lists are long and in need of constant replenishing. So help restock the classroom with books, paper, printer ink, pencils, tissues, hand sanitizers and more.Donate: Make a donation to the school library, PTA and/or afterschool clubs in the name of your favorite teacher. You help your local school and ultimately it benefits the children.DIY: Most teachers agree the best gifts are heartfelt. So get creative! Whether it is a simple note of thanks or a homemade “coupon book” provides class snacks for a day or volunteered time, teachers will be grateful. 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgTopics : Incoming White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has self-quarantined after he may have come into contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesman said Monday.Meadows is not exhibiting symptoms and a precautionary test came back negative, the spokesman said on Twitter.”Mark Meadows was advised this weekend that now 12 days prior at CPAC, he may have come into contact with the COVID-19 positive test individual,” the tweet said, referring to a conservative conference in late February. Among them, at least two Republican lawmakers recently met with Trump.center_img “He’ll be self-quarantined till the 14 day period passes Wednesday.”US President Donald Trump announced Friday he had chosen staunch ally Meadows to be his new chief of staff — the fourth person to hold the position since he took office.Meadows, currently a Republican congressman from North Carolina, will replace the ultra-conservative Mick Mulvaney, who had been serving as acting chief of staff since Trump fired John Kelly in December 2018.Five other US elected officials have announced they are self-quarantining. Four of them were exposed to the virus, like Meadows, during the CPAC conference near Washington.last_img read more