Education Chief Search Committee Named

A Vermont committee has been appointed to conduct a national search for an education secretary after a state law was passed that gives the governor the authority to make that appointment.

Vilaseca Says He May Seek Top Job In New Education Agency

There are some big changes coming to the state’s education community. Lawmakers this session approved elevating the Department of Education to a full agency, which means it will be led by a secretary who will be in the governor’s cabinet. Education commissioner Armando Vilaseca says the change will help highlight education issues.

Vermont Evaluating How To Improve Science And Math Education

The most recent NECAP results are in, and they indicate that a majority of Vermont high schoolers are not meeting standards in math and science. Just 36 percent of 11th graders were proficient in math, and just 30 percent were proficient in science. Students in elementary and middle school did significantly better on the math and science exams – the drop is concerning many educators.

NECAP Results Show Drop In Math Achievement

Last year’s results show that nearly 75 percent of Vermont students are proficient in reading, and nearly 50 percent or more are proficient in writing. But only 36 percent of 11th graders scored at the proficient level in math.