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Vermont fourth-graders slip in latest science assessment test

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NECAP scores drop six percent; state officials concerned about scores pertaining to inquiry.

Food system employers to meet with educators at Vermont Technical College

On Tuesday, January 15, food system employers and a wide array of educators and state officials will meet to discuss how to better prepare young people for careers in the expanding farm and food sector of Vermont’s economy.

Candidates for new secretary of education position come from divergent backgrounds

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. VTD/Josh Larkin

One candidate wants to use technology to streamline financial and curriculum systems; another has successfully held down supervisory district costs while building new programs.

From the Vermont Department of Education: State’s special education report shows “positive growth”

Vermont received approval ratings on 19 of the 20 required indicators for the 2010-2011 school year. The one indicator which was cited as needing additional improvement, not unlike many other state reports, is #13, dedicated to data on the success of local schools in preparation of post-secondary transition plans for students with disabilities.

Vermont Special Education report shows positive growth

Each year, every state and territory in the union is required to file an Annual Performance Report (APR) detailing activities and results for 20 various compliance indicators established by the Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and in accordance with the State Performance Plan set out in 2005. These indicators demonstrate statewide outcomes for students with disabilities.

Ohanian: Putting a test on computer doesn’t make it up-to-date

The Vermont Department of Education actually urges teachers to use these Smarter Balanced items “to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.”

Vermont School Nutrition Association conference highlights new opportunities

This week has been proclaimed National School Lunch Week and in that spirit, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM), the Vermont Department of Health (VDH), and the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) feel it is important to highlight how the new nutrition standards have created opportunities and forums for partnerships and conversations around the state.

Vermont student science scores remain flat

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. VTD/Josh Larkin

This was the fifth year the NECAP has been administered, and the trends have remained relatively unchanged between years.

Department begins search for Green Ribbon Schools

Vermont has many schools that have learned how to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to nourish health and fitness awareness among students and staff, and to promote environmental literacy. Sustainability education and the awareness of “green” careers are growing and now schools will have the chance to be nationally recognized for their work.

Vermont breaks with the federal government on education reform

Multiple choice test

The state usually receives high marks on education. But it recently won a low score on reform, has been overlooked for federal funding, and had a No Child Left Behind waiver rejected.

Vt. Dept. of Ed restores funding for Outright Vermont anti-harassment work in schools

With the leadership of Govenor Shumlin, the Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) has restored funding to Outright Vermont (ORVT) for their anti-harassment and anti-bullying work in Vermont schools.

Gov. Shumlin, Commissioner Vilaseca announce $5 million grant to improve education

Vermont has been awarded a $5 million grant to enable the state to more efficiently collect and report on education information statewide, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca announced today.

Shumlin: Cabinet-level position “gives governors a stake” in education

Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca with Governor Peter Shumlin

Shumlin: “I say what we’re doing today is ensuring that we have accountability from the governor and the ability for the elected governor to care about educational quality.”

Education would be governor’s purview, under House bill

Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. VTD/Josh Larkin

The governor would appoint a secretary of education who would become a member of the Cabinet.

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