Educators say the Smarter Balanced tests will better gauge student knowledge and skills, but they worry the new system will be used to punish schools under federal rules.
In the weeks before the inauguration of the first set of national education standards, reception in Vermont ranges from fervently enthusiastic to cautiously optimistic to skeptical. Rebecca Holcombe, secretary of the Agency of Education, said she has confidence teachers will “give it their best shot.” “I just know that the genuine change, as opposed to window dressing, takes a few years,” Holcombe said. “And I want to encourage genuine change.”
The small liberal arts school is plagued by debt and some students and faculty members express doubt that President Christine Plunkett can lead them out of the crisis. The school is selling some of its lakeside property to make ends meet and does not expect to have enough money to pay the summer payroll.
The Vermont Student Assistance Corp. has sold $29.9 million in bonds to raise money to loan to Vermont students. The loans can be used in the 2014-2015 school year by Vermont students attending colleges in the U.S. or abroad, or by out-of-state students attending Vermont institutions. Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for the Vermont […]
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will take the podium at Norwich University on Thursday, as part of the university’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. The event is hosted by the Todd Lecture Series, as part of the online graduate program’s required week-long residency. This week, 549 CGCS students come to Norwich for conferences, […]
Jeanne Collins will be the new superintendent of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union. The board of the union announced her hire on Thursday. Collins will step down as superintendent of the Burlington city schools on June 30. Her departure follows revelations that the district has racked up millions of dollars in budget deficits over the […]