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Initial Common Core goals unfulfilled as state results trickle in

The San Jose Mercury News – CHRISTINE ARMARIO

“Results for some of the states that participated in Common Core-aligned testing for the first time this spring are out, with overall scores higher than expected, though still below what many parents may be accustomed to seeing. Full or preliminary scores have been released for Connecticut, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and West Virginia. They all participated in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, one of two groups of states awarded $330 million by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop exams to test students on the Common Core state standards in math and English language arts.”(more)

Out Of The Classroom And Into The Woods

NPR – Emily Hanford

“Kids in the U.S. are spending less time outside. Even in kindergarten, recess is being cut back. But in the small town of Quechee, Vt., a teacher is bucking that trend: One day a week, she takes her students outside — for the entire school day. It’s called Forest Monday. Eliza Minnucci got the idea after watching a documentary about a forest school in Switzerland where kids spend all day, every day, out in the woods. “I would do that in a heartbeat,” she thought to herself. Then reality hit. “We’re in a public school in America. That’s not going to happen.” But her principal at the Ottauquechee School in central Vermont surprised her by saying: Try it. Every Monday morning, the kids suit up for a day outdoors. Rain or shine — even in the bitter cold — they go out. They head to the woods next to their school where they’ve built a home site with forts and a fire pit.”(more)

Vermont Passes Law For Universal Early Education

Education News – Nick Green

“Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that he has signed a bill that gives every 3 and 4 year old child in the state access to a minimum of 10 hours a week of free pre-K education.”(more)

In Middlebury, Vt., Teens Train For Careers In The ‘A.R.T.’s

NPR – Julie Burstein

“Throughout the entertainment industry, alumni of a tiny, vocational high school program are at work: building sets in Hollywood, mixing sound on Broadway, performing on TV shows like The Office. They’re graduates of the (A.R.T.), an incubator for actors and theater technicians at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, Vt.”(more)

Vermont Tech wants to be part of state’s economic revival

The Burlington Free Press – Tim Johnson

“…Vermont Tech focuses on applied education. Roughly 40 percent of the college’s students are in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — the disciplines that Shumlin insists will have to turn out more graduates to nourish the high-tech economy of the future.”(more)