Vermont students continue to outperform on AP, SAT, ACT exam results

first_imgVermont 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. 9.13.2010last_img read more

Joshua, Andy Ruiz face dope test hurdle

first_imgRelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Anthony Joshua, Okolie plot world title double Anthony Joshua wants Tyson Fury, Wilder fight The Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency has confirmed testing is in place for the heavyweight rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr. and Anthony Joshua.Ruiz and Joshua battle it out for four versions of the top division crown in Diriyah on Saturday.VADA has a presence in the country to test before, after and to surprise both fighters at random. The period commenced from September 1 and continues right up until the dressing room after this weekend’s blockbuster battle.Meanwhile, Joshua has not been hurt in training and has enjoyed “a great camp” ahead of his rematch with Ruiz, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.Joshua was forced to deny rumours that began to circulate after the upset, nevertheless, which claimed he had been knocked down in sparring beforehand.And similar stories have surfaced just days before the rematch, with World Boxing News reporting that AJ has been “troubled” by an unnamed sparring partner in camp.But Matchroom chief Hearn has denied the allegations, insisting his fighter has sparred really well in the lead-up to his second showdown with Ruiz.He told Behind The Gloves: “It [the story] said, ‘Joshua hurt in camp.’“It’s not even worth answering. But the truth is he’s had a great camp.“He’s much more focused than last time. He’s sparred really well.“The difference in this camp is that his sparring has been world, world class.“He’s had top, top guys. Andrew Tabiti, Tyrone Spong, Bryant Jennings, Dereck Chisora. Top sparring, which has put pressure on him.“He hasn’t been hurt, he hasn’t been ill, he’s good to go.” Tags: Andy Ruiz JrAnthony JoshuaVoluntary Anti-Doping Agencylast_img read more

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington Hosts Annual Bowl For…

first_imgFacebook44Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest WashingtonBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring organization’s longest standing annual fundraiser, which raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.The 2016 Bowl For Kids’ Sake will take place over two days, April 23 and 30. There are five different categories in which teams can compete: Cops vs. Firefighters, Financial, Washington State Employees, Community, and High School.The winning team, “The Mixer”, from the 2015 Cops vs. Firefighters Bowl raising funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters Southwest Washington.The process is simple and fun! Form a team of 4-6 members and collect pledges from friends, family, and acquaintances. Each bowler is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100. New this year: every $10 donation is eligible to receive a raffle ticket to win one of three great prizes, with the grand prize being a trip for two to Palm Desert! For more information and to register as a team captain, please visit Bowl for Kids’ Sake online.Donor funds, such as those raised through Bowl for Kids’ Sake, enable Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington to provide careful mentoring matching and ongoing staff support that keeps one-to-one relationships going strong long-term to help youth overcome adversity to achieve lifelong success.About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest WashingtonBig Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington helps children facing adversity beat the odds. We know mentoring works, because we have independent research that shows that children who meet regularly with their Big Brother or Big Sister are:52% less likely to skip school46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs27% less likely to begin using alcohol99% less likely to engage in risky behaviorBig Brothers Big Sisters operates under the belief that inherent to every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We are committed to helping Littles access their own resourcefulness and their own resiliency in order to realize their fullest potential.There is no cost to Bigs or Littles to participate in our program. The majority of the funds we raise through special events go directly into recruiting responsible, reliable, and trustworthy Bigs, making matches, and maintaining matches. We train and recognize our Bigs, and provide match enrichment activities. Our professional staff recruit volunteers, assess the needs of the children, and support, monitor, and evaluate each match for the entire duration of the relationship.To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington and how you can help, please visit our website and like us on Facebook.last_img read more