Vermont students posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams and Scholastic Assessment Tests (SAT), as well as the 2010 ACT exams, ranking fifth in the nation, the Department of Education announced today.The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 3,677 Vermont students participated in the AP program (up 5.2 percent from 2009) and took 6,057 AP exams (up 5.3 percent from last year). According to the College Board, Vermont continues to increase the number of students taking AP courses even as student enrollment is declining overall.AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-two percent of Vermont exams were scored at three or higher. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college-level mastery of the content.Vermont students continue to perform above the national average on the SAT exams. Since 2009, Critical Reading increased by one point to 519 (compared to 501 nationally), Mathematics increased by three points to 521 (compared to 516 nationally) and Writing stayed the same at 506 (compared to 492 nationally).In addition, 70 percent of Vermont high school seniors took the exam, with the number of SAT test-takers in the 2010 high school cohort in Vermont decreasing from 5,306 to 5164.More females than males take the SAT exam in Vermont, and gender gaps still remain by subject area, with males excelling in Math and Reading, and females excelling in Writing. Females scored an average of 516 in Critical Reading compared to 522 for males; 504 in Mathematics compared to 541 for males, and 511 in Writing compared to 500 for males.The ACT college admission and placement exam tests student skills in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. The scores from those exams are averaged to create a composite score. Vermont’s high school graduates in the class of 2010 earned an average composite score of 23.2 on the ACT, up from 23.1 last year and up from 22.5 in 2006. A total of 2,054 Vermont graduates took the exam, or 26 percent of that class. Vermont’s average ACT score of 23.2 is higher than the national average of 21.0 and ranked fifth in the country. According to ACT, Vermont high school graduates outperform the national averages across all subject areas in terms of college readiness and scores. Source: Vermont DOE. 9.13.2010
The ICC Women’s World T20 is the bi-annual international championship for International Cricket. The event is organised by the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), with the first edition being held in England in 2009.For the first three tournaments, there were eight participants, but this number has been raised to 10 from the 2014 edition onwards.At each tournament, a set number of teams qualify automatically, with the remaining teams determined by the World Twenty20 Qualifier.Australia are the most successful team at the World Twenty20, having won three tournaments, while the most recent tournament in 2016 was won by the West Indies.Qualification is determined by the ICC Women’s Twenty20 international rankings and a qualification event, the Women’s World T20 Qualifier.Until 2014, six teams were determined by the top six teams of the ICC Women’s T20 International rankings at the time of the draw and the remaining two places determined by a qualification process.For the 2014 tournament, six places are determined by the top eight teams of the ICC Women’s T20I rankings, with the host country and three qualifiers joining them in the finals. THE International Cricket Council’s (ICC) carried out an inspection of the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, one of the venues earmarked to host matches during the 2018 Women’s T/20 World Cup, which will be hosted by Cricket West Indies (CWI).The event will bowls off November 3-24 next year, will see a return to the Caribbean for the second time, with the first being in 2010. The West Indies are current holders of the title.ICC Media and Communication Manager, Sami Ul Hassan, explained that the officials are inspecting a total of 11 venues from the eight countries and will focus on the playing surface, broadcast, spectator and operational perspectives.Upon completion of the inspections, the ICC team of inspectors will submit their reports to CWI who will make the final decision on which venues will be used for the 2018 tournament.“The tournament is going to be extremely important to us (ICC) coming off the very successful 2017 50-over World Cup and the 2016 Women’s T/20 World Cup that saw packed stands,” Hassan said.Ruchika Rana, Broadcast Production Manager of the ICC, told reporters, that all systems seems to be in place at the Providence facility to accommodate production of the magnitude required for the T20 World Cup, adding that next year’s event will be produced in Hi-definition (HD) and may see the inclusion of the umpire decision review system (DRS) along with spider-cameras.