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

PSCU cracks millennial code: onsite coverage

first_imgby: David MorrisonPSCU’s “Make Your Money Matter” program, a web and social media platform designed to reach out to millennials, grew from eight credit unions one year ago to roughly 250 credit unions now, according to Myles Bristowe, vice-president for consumer engagement for the nationwide payments CUSO.“We’ve cracked the code for millennials,” said Bristowe, who came as part of the PSCU team to CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference in Washington.  “We have researched what motivates millennials and what gets their attention and we are using that to help credit unions introduce themselves,” he added. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Shea in frame for Potters debut

first_img Pulis said: “The two of them will be in the squad – whether or not I start with them, we will have to wait and see. “I think Brek has been out for three or four months with an injury, so this is almost like a pre-season for him, but he is a fit lad I have to say. “The work we have done with him has shown that he is very mobile and athletic, and very willing as well. So he is not far away. “I think Willo is close. Willo is on the launchpad, ready to go – he is just waiting for the opportunity, and he will go.” Forward Cameron Jerome is expected to be fit for selection, despite picking up a knock to his knee in the Scunthorpe match. But striker Michael Owen, who had come through the contest apparently unscathed, subsequently felt a problem with his thigh in training which makes him doubtful for the Craven Cottage clash. Pulis said: “Michael actually trained really well on Tuesday after the game on Monday, but he felt his thigh and I’m not sure he is going to be fit for Saturday – we will wait and see.” Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke’s squad for the Barclays Premier League trip to Fulham this weekend, manager Tony Pulis has confirmed. Shea, signed last month from FC Dallas, was eligible to make his Potters debut in the 2-1 win over Reading on February 9 and, after opting not to include the United States winger, who has been recovering from a foot operation, in his 18-man party on that occasion, Pulis has indicated he is now ready to get him involved on a matchday. Republic of Ireland full-back Wilson has also been working his way back to fitness, having not made a senior appearance since breaking his leg in Stoke’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland last October. The pair were in action in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Scunthorpe on Monday. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

‘We hear you,’ Iowa lawmakers tell protesters as police reform bill passes

first_imgDES MOINES — The Iowa legislature has unanimously passed a police reform bill — responding to the police misconduct the nation saw when a bystander in Minneapolis videotaped the death of George Floyd.Representative Ras Smith of Waterloo called the legislature’s gesture of unity historic.“I’m hopeful because in this time in Iowa, we stepped up to make real change,” Smith said. “…As a body, by default, we’ve committed here today to shouldering a burden, to ensure that George Floyd, or the scores before him, doesn’t take place in our state — not on our watch.”Representative Ako Abdul-Samad of Des Moines said the moment came because legislators are listening to a new generation of “game-changers” who have been protesting.“My beloved brothers and sisters — and I mean all of you — not only are you part of history, you are rectifying history,” Abdul-Samad said.House Majority Leader Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley turned to the Black Lives Matter protesters in the gallery watching Thursday night’s debate and said three words: “We hear you.”“…Is this the solution to every problem that we have, to every injustice? No,” Windschitl said, “but it’s a damned good start.”The legislation forbids choke holds in all but life-and-death situations and lets the state attorney general investigate deaths caused by police. Once the bill is signed into law –as the governor plans to do — police officers with a proven record of misconduct may not be rehired in Iowa.The House and Senate debated the bill at the same time. For the first time in her tenure, Governor Kim Reynolds walked into both chambers and stood to listen, a silent signal of her approval. Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver of Ankeny, who mentioned the deaths of both George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, said the times require government solutions and this bill is a starting point.“Tonight, we are showing our state and the world that the Iowa Legislature listens to Iowans,”Whitver said, “and we are willing to lead on tough issues.”Whitver also emphasized the bill’s requirement that Iowa law enforcement officers have annual training sessions in “de-escalation” techniques and the prevention of bias.It took less than two-and-a-half hours for the bill to be formally introduced and passed by the House and Senate. The bill wasn’t  debated in the traditional sense. Instead, legislators rose to share their perspectives. Ruth Ann Gaines, a 73-year-old state representative from Des Moines, said the first time she really understood racism was as an eight-year-old, after she heard Emmett Till’s mother speak about her son’s lynching.“I’ve lived a long life in the civil rights movement,” she said. “I’ve sat here year after year listening to debate which I thought showed indifference to what my cause was, so today I am jubilant, I am happy, I am surprised and I am really glad to be a part of it.”Des Moines Black Lives Matter protesters who’d been in the capitol building all day were part of the moment, too. They sat or stood silently in the viewing galleries, many with a fist in the air, as lawmakers spoke, then cast their votes for the bill.Governor Reynolds, in a written statement, said the bill is the result of listening and making a commitment to “meaningful change.”last_img read more

‘A perfect match for Arsenal’ – The Gunners’ next super star according to the experts

first_img1 One man’s name has dominated the headlines in recent days; Danny Welbeck.The striker’s surprising £16million deadline day move from Manchester United to Arsenal has had the football world fiercely debating whether the Red Devils have made a mistake in letting the 23-year-old go.Former United coach Rene Meulensteen refuted Louis van Gaal’s claims Welbeck was not good enough to play at Old Trafford, and told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show the Gunners star will prove the Dutch manager wrong for selling him.So what will Welbeck be: an Arsenal star or will Van Gaal’s criticism ring true? talkSPORT’s Expert Eye takes a look at what those who know the striker best have said about him.Welbeck was here for three seasons and had his chance but did not have the same record as Van Persie or Rooney so we let him go. That is the standard we expect at Manchester United. And this is why we signed Falcao – Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal reveals the reasons behind selling the striker to Arsenal. Danny is a perfect match for Arsenal. He is such a versatile player. He is very good in short, creative, combination play, showing for the ball, passing and moving, picking up different positions. At the same time he has the pace and power to break away if they break from their own half– Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen pays tribute to Welbeck on talkSPORT and believes the striker will prove Van Gaal wrong.I can’t work it out [why Manchester United sold Welbeck]. There’s been right-backs and left-backs galore who have been bought for £15million this summer. How have they got him for £16million?– Manchester United legend Gary Neville tells talkSPORT he cannot understand United’s reason for selling and believes Arsenal have got a bargain in Welbeck.Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop. But that drop doesn’t concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer. I think he will find his role through the middle once he gets that maturity and gets into a more consistent way of scoring – Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson in May 2013 looks back on Welbeck’s season and backs him to be a success at Old Trafford.I am a massive fan. People were looking at him when we signed Van Persie saying ‘where is his position, where is he going to fit in?’ But he showed he is still a major part of it. We have got so much strength, but he has been terrific, and he was terrific again on Friday against San Marino. If he keeps performing like that he is only going to get better– Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick back in October 2012 after Welbeck’s bright start domestically and internationally.“We had a word with Welbeck about a month ago and we said that he needs to be the last off the training field. Wayne’s out there practising his finishing each day… (and) I said: ‘Danny, you need to be out there every day finishing, even if it’s 15 minutes at the end’– Former Manchester United boss David Moyes criticises the striker’s attitude to training in December 2013. New Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck last_img read more