Vermont statewide science assessment shows slight improvement

first_imgStatewide science assessment results for Spring 2010 were released by the Vermont Department of Education today. The results are from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Science assessments, given to Vermont public school students in grades 4, 8 and 11 in May 2010. This is the third year of administration of the NECAP Science Assessment.Fifty-four percent of Vermont fourth graders assessed were proficient or higher in science, up two percentage points from last year. In grade eight, 29 percent were proficient or higher, up five points. In grade 11, 28 percent were proficient or higher, up 1 point from 2009.“While our scores continue to increase slightly each year, we obviously have a long way to go regarding how well our students acquire science skills and knowledge,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “The department will continue its efforts to identify instructional methods and strategies used by schools with the highest scores on the NECAP science assessment so all Vermont schools and students can benefit from what those schools have learned.”“Students continue to show the greatest difficulty with the inquiry portion of the test, which requires them to analyze, draw conclusions and make predictions from data they collect during a hands-on investigation that is part of the assessment,” said Assessment Director Michael Hock.As seen in previous years statewide and nationally, an achievement gap persists between students from low-income families and their peers. In grade four, 37 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 64 percent of their peers. In grade eight, 15 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 37 percent of their peers. In grade 11, 13 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 33 percent of their peers.The NECAP assessments were created in collaboration with Rhode Island and New Hampshire and is now also administered in Maine. These assessments are designed to specifically assess how well Vermont students have learned the skills and content contained in the Vermont Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities and Grade Expectations.For school reports, visit http://www.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#necap(link is external). Source: Vermont DOE. 9.22.2010last_img read more

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About 50 hotels in the project of “green” hotels – Sustainable hotel & spa by UPUHH

first_img29.Valamar Bellevue Hotel & Residence, Valamar Riviera dd2015.BASIC 42.Istarske Toplice Spa2016.BASIC 18.Hotel International – HUP-Zagreb dd2014.ADVANCED 41.Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel, Valamar Riviera dd2015.SUPERIOR 2.Palace Hotel Zagreb2014.BASIC 27.Hotel Sol Umag, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC 11.Hotel Feral – Laguna Novigrad dd2014.BASIC 7.Hotel Phoenix2014.BASIC 13.BEST WESTERN PREMIER Hotel Astoria2014.ADVANCED 22.Hotel Katarina 2009 doo2015.BASIC 8.Hotel Padova – Imperial dd2014.BASIC 16.Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior – Riviera Adria dd2014.ADVANCED 47.Daruvarske Toplice2016.ADVANCED 9.Hotel Kastel Motovun2014.BASIC In September this year, the Croatian Hotel Entrepreneurs Association will start recertifying UPUHH members who were certified through the 2014, 2015, and 2016 projects with the Sustainable hotel & spa by UPUHH certificate.UPUHH started the project in July 2013 after the Association studied in detail the existing green certificates, such as Friend of Nature, Travelife, Blaue Angel, etc., and then defined the green criteria for hotels.The criteria are very precisely developed for a total of nine groups, namely: sustainability management, procurement, sales, marketing and PR, environment, energy efficiency, human resources and technical service, and the project was implemented in several phases. The certificate has been expanded with three additional criteria: safety and insurance, corporate social responsibility and F&B.As they point out from UPUHH, in the first phase, workshops were organized for registered hotels and field audits were conducted, where each hotel had to appoint its representative, the so-called green coordinator, for whom the first cycle of workshops was intended. Workshops were organized and after audits, teams of verified auditors, in cooperation with the staff of each hotel and prepared detailed reports with collected data on energy and water consumption, waste type, CO2 emissions, GHG inventory, etc., each hotel was offered specific savings proposals for each segment.Green coordinators, appointed by the hotel, were educated on the development of the action plan, environmental management policy, staff involvement, etc. In the second phase, the hotels had to implement the project and ensure the implementation of the action plan for three to five months. in addition, a second cycle of workshops was organized to analyze the results achieved.The second set of workshops, in addition to the green coordinators, was intended to educate housewives, technical staff, procurement and sales staff as well as other services in the hotel. Upon completion of the project, hotels and spas were awarded “Sustainable hotels and spas by UPUHH” certificates, point out from UPUHH.If there’s one trend that stays, it’s ecology and green hotels. For more information on the new certification cycle, contact us directly UPUHH 12.Valamar Koralj Romantic Hotel – Riviera Adria dd2014.BASIC 14.Hotel Borovnik2014.ADVANCED 15.Hotel Well – Terme Tuhelj2014.ADVANCED 30.Panorama Zagreb Hotel, HUP Zagreb dd2015.BASIC 25.Hotel Meliá Coral, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC No. HOTEL NAMEYEAR OF CERTIFICATECERTIFICATE LEVEL 34.Royal Princess Hotel, Importanne Resort Ltd.2015.ADVANCED 43.Varaždinske Toplice2016.BASIC 17.Hotel Maestral – Laguna Novigrad dd2014.ADVANCED 37.The Westin Zagreb, HUP Zagreb dd2015.ADVANCED 49.Bizovacke Toplice2016.ACKNOWLEDGMENT 3.Hotel Sport2014.BASICcenter_img 1.Hotel Tomislav2014.BASIC 26.Hotel Sol Garden Istria, Istraturist Umag dd2015.BASIC 38.Family Hotel Vespera, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.ADVANCED 23.Grand Hotel Orebic, Laguna Novigrad dd2015.BASIC 5.Esplanade Zagreb Hotel2014.BASIC 4.Hotel Turist2014.BASIC 31.Hotel Jadran, HUP Zagreb dd2015.BASIC 33.Hotel Osijek, Center Škojo doo2015.BASIC 35.Hotel Spa Golfer, Toplice Sveti Martin dd2015.ADVANCED 24.Hotel Carolina, Imperial dd2015.BASIC Below you will find a table of certified hotels with associated categories for which they have met the point threshold for BASIC,ADVANCED or SUPERIOR category. 44.Spa Veli Lošinj2016.BASIC 10.Hotel Kimen – Cresanka dd2014.BASIC 28.Valamar Zagreb Hotel, Valamar Riviera dd2015.BASIC 39.Wellness Hotel Aurora, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.ADVANCED 40.Hotel Bellevue, Jadranka Hotels dd2015.SUPERIOR 46.Terme Tuhelj2016.ADVANCED 19.DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Zagreb2014.SUPERIOR 20.Vitality Hotel Punta – Jadranka Hotels Ltd.2014.SUPERIOR 36.Sheraton Zagreb Hotel, HUP Zagreb dd2015.ADVANCED 45.Terme Jezerčica2016.ADVANCED 21.Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Iadera – Punta Skala doo2014.SUPERIOR 32.Hotel Ilirija, Ilirija dd2015.BASIC 48.Golf & SPA Saint Martin2016.SUPERIOR 6.Bluesun hotel Berulia – Hotels Brela dd2014.BASIClast_img read more

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