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ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2007-2008

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NO. R-55.  House concurrent resolution honoring the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teacherS.

(H.C.R.33)

Offered by:  Representatives Mrowicki of Putney, Andrews of Rutland City, Aswad of Burlington, Atkins of Winooski, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Chen of Mendon, Clarkson of Woodstock, Clerkin of Hartford, Consejo of Sheldon, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Courcelle of Rutland City, Davis of Washington, Deen of Westminster, Edwards of Brattleboro, Emmons of Springfield, Evans of Essex, Fisher of Lincoln, Fitzgerald of St. Albans City, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gilbert of Fairfax, Godin of Milton, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Lenes of Shelburne, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Manwaring of Wilmington, Marek of Newfane, Martin of Wolcott, Milkey of Brattleboro, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Mook of Bennington, Moran of Wardsboro, Nease of Johnson, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Ojibway of Hartford, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pearson of Burlington, Pellett of Chester, Peltz of Woodbury, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Potter of Clarendon, Pugh of S. Burlington, Stevens of Shoreham, Symington of Jericho, Trombley of Grand Isle, Zenie of Colchester and Zuckerman of Burlington

Whereas, elementary and secondary public educators and students in Vermont can take great pride in their recent accomplishments, and

Whereas, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) ranked Vermont second nationally in the organization’s evaluation of states’ public schools’ academic accomplishments, and

Whereas, for the second consecutive year, Vermont was listed second in Morgan Quinto Press’s “Smartest State” educational rankings, and

Whereas, the respected publication Education Week determined that Vermont schools performed third best in the nation in achievement and achievement gains, and

Whereas, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island have developed a common educational assessment program, and Vermont youngsters were ranked first in proficiency in every subject, and

Whereas, the state’s developmental reading assessment showed that in 2006, 85 percent of Vermont’s second graders were meeting or exceeding the reading standard, which is a marked improvement over a comparable figure of 73 percent who met this benchmark in 1979, and

Whereas, nationally, Vermont ranks seventh in weighted SAT scoring achievement, and the state’s secondary school students score six percent higher than the national mean on AP examinations, and

Whereas, 92 percent of Vermont’s public school teachers who have worked in core academic subjects have earned the “highly qualified” teacher designation from the United States Department of Education, and

Whereas, nearly 70 percent of public school employees in Vermont are educators or instructors, which is far above the national average of 62.2 percent, and

Whereas, in the realm of arts and music, three Vermont schools have won the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education National School of Distinction awards since 2001, and additional schools have won similar recognition on the state level, while, since 2000, 13 youngsters have been awarded full scholarships to study at the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Institute, and

Whereas, Vermonters have reason to be proud of the state’s public school students and the teachers who work so patiently and creatively to enable these youngsters to achieve these impressive results, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly honors the many achievements of Vermont’s elementary and secondary public school students and teachers, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Commissioner of Education Richard Cate, the Vermont School Boards Association, the Vermont Superintendents Association, the Vermont Principals’ Association, the Vermont NEA, and the Vermont Alliance for Arts Education.



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