Vermont DOE releases ‘No Child Left Behind’ results

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Education released 2011 school accountability determinations as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) today.A school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting targets set by the state as required by NCLBA. These targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. The 2011 AYP targets reflect the final substantial increase before the goal reaches the expectation of 100% of students proficient.LIST OF ALL SCHOOL RESULTS ATTACHEDAs a consequence, the department has seen a significant increase in the number of schools that did not make AYP. Ninety-eight schools are identified for school improvement in one or more area. Twenty of those are new schools entering the first year of school improvement.Additionally, 118 schools did not make AYP for the first time. There are no formal consequences for those schools. If they don’t make it in the same area for a second time, they enter school improvement.  See the following table for a complete breakdown.‘Vermont did not choose to lower our standards in the face of these federal accountability requirements,’ said Commissioner Vilaseca, ‘therefore we continue to see more schools identified. Nationally, an estimated 82 percent of schools in the country will not make AYP this year.’A school that does not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same indicator enters School Improvement status, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement in the area(s) designated as not making AYP.A school must make adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for students in several sub-groups if there are at least 40 students in the subgroup.   AYP determinations are made for sub-groups of students by race, socio-economic status, English language learners and students with disabilities.We recognize the important goal was to ensure that all students were prepared for college and careers in the 21st century,’ said Director of Research, Standards and Assessment Gail Taylor. ‘We are confident that as we work with other states to develop a strong assessment of the new Common Core Standards, reasonable modifications to the accountability system will allow us to retain high expectations for students but to demonstrate Vermont’s relatively strong performance amongst other states.’The development of a set of Common Standards in mathematics and literacy known as the Common Core and currently adopted by 43 states, including Vermont, as well as common assessments built on those standards is, in part, to ensure that all states hold students to common content and achievement standards.‘There is a challenge at this point as we transition in the future to new standards, new assessments and new accountability systems as to how to support schools that do not make AYP under the current system,’ said Deputy Commissioner Rae Ann Knopf. ‘The Department will work with schools during this transition period to tailor requirements as best we can within state and federal requirements.’AYP determinations are based on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessments and the Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. The NECAP was administered in October 2010. This is the sixth year these exams have been given in the elementary and middle grades, and the fourth time they were given to students in grade 11.More information on school and district performance can be found on the department’s Web site athttp://education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_accountability.html#AYP(link is external).The complete press release packet can be found at http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/dept/press_releases.html#ayp(link is external). ###  AttachmentSize EDU-Summary_by_Public_School.pdf348.49 KBlast_img read more

Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a ‘great priority’ for Real Madrid this summer

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 8:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link214Shares Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a ‘great priority’ for Real Madrid this summercenter_img Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is attracting attention from La Liga (Picture: Getty Images)Real Madrid are hoping to win the race for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s signature this summer as they make the Arsenal striker a ‘great priority’ in their transfer dealings.The Gunners captain has just one year left on his contract at the Emirates and has attracted interest from both Barcelona and Real Madrid as a result.Arsenal are keen to keep hold of the 30-year-old, who has scored 61 goals in 97 appearances for the club since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.However, they may struggle to do so with Real Madrid pushing hard for his transfer, according to Spanish publication Sport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report from Spain also states that a number of other clubs are looking to make a move for the Gabonese forward, with Manchester United, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain all keeping tabs on the situation.With just 12 months left on his current deal, the feeling among his suitors is that Aubameyang could be available for around £44m and Arsenal will look to cash in on him rather than allowing him to leave for free in the summer of 2021.The north London club are also reluctant to meet his demands regarding a new contract, thought to be around £300,000-a-week.The Gunners are highly unlikely to be playing Champions League football next season and Aubameyang, who turns 31 in June, may want one more crack at the big time having never won a league or European title in his career.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKarim Benzema remains the mainstay of the Real Madrid attack and is their top scorer with 14 La Liga goals this season, but the rest of the squad have struggled to find the back of the net this campaign.Sergio Ramos is second in the La Liga scoring charts for Real with five goals as the likes of Eden Hazard, Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic have all struggled for consistency.Manager Zinedine Zidane is still looking to fill the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo when he moved to Juventus and Aubameyang could be the man to do it.MORE: Ian Wright explains why Dennis Bergkamp is Arsenal’s greatest ever signingMORE: Carlos Soler’s agent speaks out on Arsenal transfer target’s futureFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

PaySafe launches ‘US Rapid Transfer’ seeking to deliver instant conversion dynamics

first_img StumbleUpon PokerStars begins Paysafe ‘Rapid Transfer’ Euro rollout July 16, 2019 Advancing its US position, digital payments technology firm PaySafe Group has confirmed that it will launch its ‘Rapid Transfer’ product through subsidiary Skrill USA.An established product within 18 European countries, Rapid Transfer is Paysafe’s ‘proprietary built’ instant bank transfer technology, which allows merchants to offer ‘instant secure onsite transactions’, increasing all-around customer conversions.In addition to facilitating merchant payment capacities, Rapid Transfer enables digital consumers to seamlessly upload funds from their online bank account to their Skrill digital wallet.Launching Rapid Transfer within the saturated US payments scene, Paysafe states that it seeks to bring ‘alternative transactional arrangements to US consumers who prefer  the security of online banking to standard credit card transactions.The payment technology group points to its in-house ‘2018 Lost in Transaction’ research which details that /a third of US consumers (30%) have ecommerce fraud concerns, reassuring these customers through secure payments services has become commercially important for merchants’.Commenting on proceedings, Lorenzo Pellegrino, Chief Executive of Rapid Transfer at Paysafe Group, said:“Our Q4 2018 research reveals that only a fifth of smaller US online merchants (22%) offer direct bank transfer. This suggests there is significant space for Rapid Transfer’s growth in the US market, especially considering the product’s benefits for card, not present merchants and their customers as well as its strong uptake across Europe.” Related Articles Skrill launches ‘Knect’ next-level rewards programme November 22, 2019 Submit Paysafe confirms Philip McHugh as inbound CEO May 31, 2019 Share Sharelast_img read more

Dynamite debut for Lukaku!

first_imgAnd former Italy boss Conte’s first game was against his hometown club Lecce, the team where he started his playing career, and who are back in Serie A after seven years.The sideshow surrounding former Inter captain Mauro Icardi continued with the Argentine not named on the bench.Inter director Giuseppe Marotta insisted there was no room in the club for the forward, with the transfer window closing on September 2.Icardi has rejected moves away from the San Siro despite being frozen out of the team and stripped of the captain’s armband last season amid a protracted contract dispute.Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, said he wants to remain at Inter and had been told to stay by senior club bosses.“We greeted Wanda Nara’s comments with a bit of irritation, both for the timing and the method,” Marotta told sports broadcaster DAZN before Monday’s game.“I absolutely deny that any of the club management, and in particular (president) Steven Zhang, have invited Icardi to stay.”Share on: WhatsApp – Icardi ‘irritates’ –Conte’s arrival at Chinese-owned Inter has raised expectations of a first Serie A title since 2010.The former Juventus and Chelsea boss took over from Luciano Spalletti who secured Champions League football with a fourth-place finish last season.The 50-year-old’s coaching credentials include three Serie A titles with Juventus from 2012 to 2014, and the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017. Lukaku scores as Conte’s Inter reign starts in styleMilan, Italy | AFP | Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku scored on his Inter Milan debut as new coach Antonio Conte’s reign got off to a perfect start with a 4-0 win over promoted Lecce on Monday.“There was a spark, but now we must become dynamite,” said Conte as he begins his campaign to topple eight-time holders Juventus.Lukaku — a 65 million euros ($73 million) summer signing from Manchester United — scored the third goal on the hour mark at the San Siro.A blunder by Lecce goalkeeper Gabriel parried the ball into the path of Lautaro Martinez allowing Lukaku to finish off.The 26-year-old turned and took a bow in front of the jubilant Inter fans among the 65,000 crowd.“Lukaku entered the world of Inter in the best way, with great humility,” said Conte.“He’s a gentle giant, a giant with a smile. He is ready to work for the team. But not only Romelu, Lautaro also played very well.”Croatian Marcelo Brozovic had opened the scoring after 21 minutes with a powerful strike for his 15th goal in his sixth season with Inter.But another new signing Stefano Sensi, a summer loan from Sassuolo, also found a way through three minutes later.Lecce played the last quarter of an hour a man down after Brazilian Diego Farias saw red in his first game for a studs on tackle on his former Cagliari teammate Nicolo Barella.Antonio Candreva blasted in the fourth goal on 84 minutes, allowing Inter to match champions Juventus and runners-up Napoli who both won their opening league matches at the weekend.Juventus beat Parma 1-0, with Napoli edging a seven-goal thriller at Fiorentina 4-3.“We started off well with the right intensity and desire, respecting the idea of what I wanted,” said Conte.“Then at 2-0 I didn’t like what I saw from the lads. Too relaxed, losing intensity under pressure.“We need to improve both mentally and physically but I am very happy and satisfied, I like working with these guys who have always shown great commitment.“Let’s celebrate until midnight, from tomorrow we think of Cagliari, it will be a difficult trip,” he added of next weekend’s game in Sardinia.last_img read more

Active shooter situation reported in PSL

first_imgBoth the Port St. Lucie police and St. Lucie Sheriff’s deputies are at the scene.This is a developing story. Multiple agencies are currently on the scene of an active shooter situation at a home in Port St. Lucie.The incident is near Morningside Elementary school on SE Morningside Blvd.Authorities say the suspect is in a two-story home .Not much is known about the incident at this time but authorities say this will give an update on the situation once one is available.UPDATE: Media stage at the corner of 2400 block of SE Morningside Boulevard and 1700 block of SE Greendon Avenue by the Morningside Library.@WPTV @CBS12 @WPBF25News @TCPalm https://t.co/KYlejVCuWx— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) July 6, 2020last_img read more

Beats by Dre Banned by the NFL

first_imgThe National Football League has banned the use of the ultra-popular headphones, Beats by Dre.That’s because the NFL has struck an exclusive deal with the struggling competitor Bose in a deal that was struck back before the season started. As a condition of that agreement, Bose’s headphones would be the official headphones of the league.The NFL ban reportedly goes into effect immediately.Beats Electronics has worked extensively to get athletes wearing its product, featuring stars like Colin Kaepernick in its advertising, and sponsoring numerous others.The deal will prevent players from using the headphones specifically while they’re on camera, as that is vital publicity for Bose, which ranks far behind Beats in the headphones market.Though Beats by Dre are expensive — headphones costing $100 or more — Beats dominates with 61 percent of the market share, compared to Bose’s 22.Most consumers forgot that Apple bought Beats by Dre back in May for a whopping $3 billion, citing the company’s headphones and music streaming service as reasons for the acquisition.TechCrunch later updated its story to say Beats would be gradually rolled into iTunes instead.  Another important thing to note is this isn’t the first time a major sporting body has decided to ban Beats.FIFA tried a similar tactic as the NFL’s ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but prominent players, including Mario Balotelli and Neymar defied that ban and visibly wore the headphones.last_img read more