VT NECAP: Girls Outperforming Boys in Reading, Writing

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/06 2014 11:50AM

Updated 02/06 2014 06:15PM

BARRE, Vt. - Results from the October 2013 assessment of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) were released Thursday.

A press release says Vermont continues to see two trends; girls outperforming boys in reading and writing and the achievement gap continues between high and low income families for all subjects. Male students who qualify for free and reduced lunch were found to lag behind other students in reading and writing.

“What the test scores show us is that although we’ve made gains, we can still do better. In particular, we need to do better with young men from low-income backgrounds,” said Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe. “We need to make sure they have the skills they need to thrive in the workforce or pursue post-secondary opportunities.”

The NECAP measure students' achievement in reading, writing, and mathematics in grads 3-8 and 11. Approximately 45,000 students participate each year.

This will be the last year NECAP will be administered in the state of Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Education says they are transitioning to the Smarter Balanced Assessment which measures student progress toward college and career readiness.

Twenty-seven pilot schools will take the new test this spring. They were exempt from taking the NECAP this past fall. The new test will be taken on computers, the NECAP was taken on paper.

Learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

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