Vermont among national leaders in high school AP testing

first_imgVermont high school students ranked 12th in the nation in advanced placement (AP) course testing. Vermont seniors posted a strong showing on the 2010 College Board Advanced Placement exams in several metrics, including fastest growth in number of students achieving college-level proficiency, the College Board announced today. The AP program offers high school students college-level courses in a variety of subject areas. In all, 2,126 Vermont students who graduated in 2010 participated in the AP program and took the exams. More students succeeded on the exam (1,460) than participated in AP 10 years ago (1,176). AP exams are scored on a scale of one (lowest score) to five (highest score). Sixty-four percent ofVermont exams taken by high school seniors were scored at three or higher, compared to 56% nationally. A score of three or above is considered demonstrating college level mastery of the content. Vermont is twelfth in the nation for the percentage of high school seniors scoring a three or higher on the AP exams. ‘Vermont students and educators should be very proud of these results,’ said Deputy Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. ‘Vermont students had the highest average score in the nation on both the World History and Microeconomics exams. More students then ever are taking these college-level courses, and succeeding. This is crucial to their success beyond high school and to our success as a state and a nation.’ More Vermont highlights include:31.8% of all high school graduates participate in AP courses (national average 28.3%)21.8% of high school graduates took the exam and demonstrated proficiency (national average 16.9%)Vermont leads the nation in demonstrated success in Microeconomics (94.5%)Vermont has nearly doubled its successful completion rate (11.9% in 2001 vs. 21.8% in 2010) English AP courses were the most popular in Vermont and Calculus AB was second most popular.  The number of low-income students taking the AP exam has also risen. Nine percent of the students taking the exam were from low-income backgrounds, 93 percent of whom scored a three or higher. To see how Vermont compares nationally, please visit the College Board’s AP Report to the Nation, go to http://professionals.collegeboard.com/data-reports-research/ap/nation(link is external). More than half a million public school students nationally from the class of 2010 scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP Exam during high school, nearly double the number of successful students from the class of 2001, and exceeding the total number of students from the class of 2001 who took AP Exams (see Figure 1). As research consistently shows that students who score a 3 or higher on AP Exams typically experience stronger college outcomes than otherwise comparable non-AP peers, the data in this year’s report show how educators are enhancing the college readiness of our nation’s students by preparing them to take AP classes and succeed on AP Exams.To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click;http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/collegeboard/47746/(link is external)(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110209/MM43178(link is external) )”Over the last decade we’ve seen a remarkable increase in the number of high school graduates participating and succeeding in AP,” said College Board President Gaston Caperton. “The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation highlights the successes educators have achieved in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds gain access to, and be successful in, college-level AP course work. AP can level the playing field for underserved students, give them the confidence needed to succeed in college, and raise standards and performance in key subjects like science and math. We are excited that more parents, students, educators and policymakers are recognizing these possibilities.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation Highlights:Nearly 17 percent of public high school students from the class of 2010 completed high school with at least one successful AP experience.  Though still underrepresented in AP classrooms, more minority students experienced success in AP than ever before.  More low-income students participated and succeeded in AP than in previous years.More students are succeeding on AP science and math exams today than took these exams 10 years ago.The top 10 states with the greatest proportion of their seniors from the class of 2010 having at least one successful AP experience were: Maryland (26.4 percent), New York (24.6 percent), Virginia(23.7 percent), Connecticut (23.2 percent), Massachusetts (23.1 percent), California (22.3 percent),Florida (22.3 percent), Vermont (21.8 percent), Colorado (21.4 percent) and Utah (19.2 percent). (See Figure 2 in the AP’s Overall Reach section of the report.)The states with the greatest five-year increases in the percentage of seniors scoring 3 or higher on an AP Exam were: Vermont, Florida, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Colorado, Georgia,Connecticut, Massachusetts and Washington. (See Figure 3.)Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick, whose state led the nation for the third straight year with the highest percentage of students succeeding in AP, said, “Maryland puts a great deal of emphasis on having the best prepared high school graduates, and the Advanced Placement Program is a key part of this effort. AP provides students with a high standard, which gives them a foundation for success in college and in their careers.”AP Offers Opportunities for Traditionally Underserved Students to SucceedOver the past 10 years, the number of traditionally underserved minority students graduating with a successful AP experience has more than doubled — Black/African American graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 7,764 in 2001 to 19,675 in 2010; Hispanic/Latino graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 33,479 in 2001 to 74,479 in 2010; and American Indian/Alaska Native graduates with scores of 3 or higher increased from 988 in 2001 to 2,195 in 2010. In addition, the number of low-income graduates with scores of 3 or higher has increased from 53,662 in 2006 to 84,135 in 2010 (see figures 7, 8 and 9 in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report). Despite increases, Hispanic/Latino, Black/African American and American Indian/Alaska Native students remain underrepresented both in AP classrooms and within that group of students experiencing success in AP.Equity in AP will not be achieved until the diversity of our nation’s students is proportionally represented in AP classrooms as well as within the group of students succeeding on AP Exams. This year’s report shows how much progress each state is making toward that goal. Fourteen states have successfully eliminated the equity and excellence gap for Hispanic/Latino students. Although 16 states have closed the gap for American Indian/Alaska Native students and two states have closed the gap for Black/African American students, no state with substantial student populations in these demographics has eliminated these gaps. (See figures 10a, 10b and 10c in the Opportunities for Underserved Students section of the report.)”Students and educators routinely attest that exposure to AP’s high standards helps prepare students for success in college.  However, the likelihood of college success is significantly higher for AP students who score 3 or better,” said Trevor Packer, vice president of the Advanced Placement Program® for the College Board. “Accordingly, simply expanding AP course enrollments is not enough — this year’s report provides additional data points on exam performance that can help each state take a closer look at how well they are preparing all of their students, during the middle school and high school years, for the rigors of college-level course work.The College Board recently completed an analysis of every U.S. school district’s AP trends. Typically, as schools expand access to AP, the raw number of students who score 3 or higher increases, but so does the raw number of students who score 1 and 2. As a result, for some districts the percentage of 3s, 4s, and 5s may slightly decrease. On March 9, the College Board will announce an honor roll of districts that have succeeded in increasing the raw number of students scoring 3 or higher while simultaneously decreasing the number and percentage of students scoring 1s and 2s. This honor roll is intended to serve as a repository of best practices from which other districts can learn.”States with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 3 or higher, but who are serving a lower percentage of their high school population, should implement policies for making AP teachers available to a greater proportion of the high school population. On the other hand, states with high percentages of exams receiving scores of 1 or 2 should focus on the sort of middle school and early high school strategies that prepare a greater diversity of students for eventual enrollment and success in AP classes,” said Packer.AP Helps Increase American Student Achievement in Science and MathThe 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation shows that the number of students from the class of 2010 who succeeded on AP science and math exams exceeds the number of students who merely took these exams nearly 10 years ago. While 134,957 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP science exam, 143,651 students in the class of 2010 scored 3 or higher on an AP science exam. Similarly, 166,905 students in the class of 2001 graduated after taking an AP math exam, compared with179,193 students in the class of 2010 who scored 3 or higher on an AP math exam during high school.  (See Figure 11.)”Research shows that students who took AP math or science exams were more likely than non-AP students to earn degrees in particular physical science, engineering and life science disciplines ‘ the fields leading to the cutting-edge careers that can help preserve America’s competitiveness,” Packer said. “This correlation is particularly strong among female, African American and Hispanic students. Science and math educators deserve credit for implementing AP courses in these subjects as a way of expanding the pipeline of students prepared for the rigors of science, technology, engineering and math course work in college.”The 7th Annual AP Report to the Nation national report is available at http://apreport.collegeboard.org(link is external).The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. Through more than 30 college-level courses, each culminating in a rigorous exam, AP provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement or both. Taking AP courses also demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them. Each AP teacher’s syllabus is evaluated and approved by college faculty from some of the nation’s leading institutions, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. AP is accepted by more than 3,800 colleges and universities worldwide for college credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores. This includes over 90 percent of four-year institutions in the United States. In May 2010, 1.8 million students representing more than 17,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took 3.2 million AP Exams.The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of more than 5,900 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success ‘ including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools.For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org(link is external).SOURCE The College Board NEW YORK, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Accusations Fly in Blizzard-burdened Brookhaven

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Snow plows clear the Long Island Expressway in Suffolk County on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013.Residents in pockets of Brookhaven town were still waiting for their streets to be plowed out Tuesday, four days after a blizzard left the town buried under almost three feet of snow. In the mean time tempers have been rising and accusations flying as officials struggled to bring the community back to normal.“It took them three days to clean the Long Island Expressway, and that’s a straight road,” said Lori Anne Casdia, chief aide to Councilman Dan Panico, Brookhaven Town’s deputy supervisor, attempting to put the massive clean-up problem in perspective. “So you can only imagine what it’s like to do over 2,600 miles of road.” The town, she said, is “larger than the county of Nassau!”That geography lesson was small comfort to Port Jefferson Station resident Jeffrey Musmacher, who wasn’t able to leave his house until Monday. “I’m putting the blame on the town; I’m putting the blame directly on the leadership of the town,” he tells the Press. “We knew back in the middle of last week. We were prepared. We were ready. I made sure I had everything—apparently the town did nothing!”The town disputes that observation. According to a spokesman, highway department trucks were getting loaded with sand Friday morning and there was “no problem” with diesel fuel, despite some anecdotal reports to the contrary. The sheer intensity of the blizzard once it struck Friday afternoon, right before rush hour, proved overwhelming.“A regular pickup truck with a plow is not going to move that much snow,” says Brookhaven Town spokesman Jack Krieger, who’s also the deputy mayor of Patchogue. “You’ve got to get the heavy equipment in there.”The town ended up getting assistance from various New York State agencies as well as some equipment and work crews from the city. Nassau County sent some equipment and Suffolk sent 30 plows and 17 pay-loaders to help Brookhaven, according to a Suffolk spokeswoman.Adding political fuel to the blizzard response blame game heating up Brookhaven is the pending special election March 5 to elect a new superintendent of highways, which pits town council member Kathy Walsh, who switched her party affiliation from Republican to Independence and will run on the Democratic line, against Assemb. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham).Walsh was the acting town supervisor during Super Storm Sandy, after Supervisor Mark Lesko resigned to head Accelerate Long Island, a not-for-profit business lobbying group. The previous highway superintendent John Rouse was elected last November to be a Suffolk County judge. His deputy, Lori Baldassare, a Democrat, was not kept on when Ed Romaine, a Republican former Suffolk legislator, won the Brookhaven supervisor’s race.When the blizzard struck, Romaine was on vacation in Jamaica and the acting highway superintendent Michael Murphy was on medical leave. Newsday reported it was a “toothache,” and a source in town government told the Press that “nobody heard from him” after Friday morning.“You’ve got a supervisor who goes on vacation six weeks into the job,” said Ed Lenox, a former Republican committeeman in Brookhaven supporting Walsh in the special election, who was unable to leave his house in Selden for three days. “You’ve got a junior councilman, Dan Panico, who steps up but has no experience at all.”Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia was not alone in defending Romaine’s being away. “The man has not been out of town since his son passed away three years ago,” says Garcia, referring to Keith Romaine, a town council member, who died when he was 36 and had just been re-elected to his second term.“Residents want service, not rhetoric,” said Garcia. “I’m not going to second-guess their decisions.”The problem, according to one former public official no longer connected to the town, was not in the highway department, it was the lack of leadership in town hall coupled with the “thought of authorizing millions of dollars in overtime” for weekend work cleaning up the storm. “If you don’t have a signal caller at the top that’s telling people what to do, then people are not going to make their decisions at the lower level because they’re going to be worried.”Overtime costs didn’t affect the town’s decision making, according to a spokesman.Walsh, who was the only elected official in town hall Saturday answering the phones at the call center, was frustrated with Brookhaven’s response to the storm.“What we need is to give our guys what they need, to be honest with the people, and, after this storm, we need to sit down and find out where things fell apart,” she said. “Right now the priority is to get these services out on the road where they need to be.”“I think the men and women on the street—the folks driving the trucks—obviously worked very hard,” said Losquadro. “But there was a tremendous lack of coordination.”Based on what he’d been told, he thought the town may have waited until the end of the weekend or the beginning of this week to contact outside contractors. “The town can’t handle something of this magnitude itself,” Losquadro said. “And by the time they reached out, those resources were committed elsewhere.”On the town’s highway department website, former superintendent Rouse, is credited for revitalizing “the Highway Department’s snow removal program, clearing our roads during the worst winter weather in decades. John significantly increased the number of contractors available for snow removal duty.” Now he’s a judge.“If he did all that, I would say he didn’t share it with the people who were left behind,” said Walsh. “I just want to let our employees know we appreciate all they’re going through because they’re getting the crap kicked out of them.”-With Rashed Mianlast_img read more

San Carlos City declares CPP-NPA ‘unwelcome’

first_imgThe CPP-NPA is listed as a terroristorganization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom,Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (With a report from PNA/PN) Mayor Renato Gustilo and Vice MayorChristopher Carmona led the ceremonial signing of the mounted copy of theresolution on Monday stating such declaration, which was unanimously adopted bythe City Council on Sept. 12. Copies of the resolution have beenfurnished to the city mayor, city legal officer, city director of theDepartment of the Interior and Local Government, officials of the city’s 18barangays, and the 79IB troops for information. Lieutenant Colonel Emelito ThaddeusLogan, 79IB commander, also signed the resolution. It added that the Philippine Army’s 79thInfantry Battalion (79IB) endorsed to and coordinated with the City Council thepassage of the resolution to declare members of the CPP-NPA persona non gratain the northern Negros city. Last May 30, the City Council of SanCarlos initially passed Resolution No. 19-139, denouncing the atrocities ofcommunist terrorist groups in the different areas of the country, and notallowing their presence in their city. “San Carlos City, Negros Occidentaladheres to the principle of peace and order as an indispensable element to thedevelopment and progress of the city and thus, condemns any illegal andunlawful activities of the CPP-NPA as it threatens the economic, social andpolitical stability of the city and its people,” the resolution further stated.center_img During the signing ceremony held afterthe flag-raising rites at the City Hall grounds, the city officials were joinedby department heads, barangay officials, police, jail and military officials. BACOLOD City – The city of San Carlos in Negros Occidental has formallydeclared the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) aspersona non grata. The City Council then stated that theywant to maintain the situation in their city where there are no reports of suchacts of the communist-terrorist group. San Carlos City is the hometown of Gov.Eugenio Jose Lacson, who also served as its mayor before he was electedprovincial government official. Resolution No. 19-252 said that “TheSangguniang Panlungsod as the legislative department of the local governmenthereby signifies its sentiment not to welcome nor accept any advocacies of theCPP-NPA, the members of the latter being an enemy of the state.”last_img read more

Digi announces availability of ConnectCore 8X development kits

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas accelerates ADAS development with Perception Quick Start softwareNext Wind River and Airbiquity team on vehicle-to-cloud OTA solutions for connected cars Digi International announced the full availability of its Digi ConnectCore 8X development kits. Digi International introduced the Digi ConnectCore 8X, a powerful, secure and cost-effective off-the-shelf SBC with support for Linux and Android, as a connected system solution concept for device manufacturers building edge-intelligent products. Now, development kits are widely available to deliver on the Digi promise of Hardware-Enabled, Software-Defined connectivity solutions.The Digi ConnectCore 8X offers cloud and edge-compute services integration while reducing time-to-market by eliminating traditional risk, effort, and complexity of custom board designs without sacrificing flexibility or capabilities. Purpose-built for demanding IoT environments, the Digi ConnectCore 8X provides a complete and secure system platform to build connected intelligent devices.The Digi ConnectCore 8X development kit is now available for evaluation and testing. The kit includes ConnectCore 8X SBC Pro w/dual-Ethernet, console port cable, power supply, and 2 dual-band antennas.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more