Concerns over student achievement in math are making their way to Montpelier.
"There are students who graduate who do not take geometry," said Sen. Dick McCormack, D-Windsor County.
And McCormack, who chairs the Senate Education Committee, says that's causing big problems.
"We hear from employers that people coming to them for jobs are deficient in math," McCormack said.
Standardized test scores from 2011 show 68 percent of Vermont's students in grades 3-8 are proficient in math, by grade 11 that percentage plummets to just 36 percent.
"I think we can take a good look at how we can increase, not just increase performance in math, increase attention to math," McCormack said.
Burlington School Superintendent Jeanne Collins agrees.
"Math goes all the way through the work that we need to do to transform our schools," she said.
Collins was part of a group pushing for ed reform at the Vt. Statehouse Friday. She says freedom from lawmakers to focus more on student success in math and less on simply the number of minutes a kid spends in a classroom will help.
"Where can legislators help with math as well, is making sure we have the time and flexibility to focus on math within our curriculum," Collins said.
She admits superintendents and teachers will need to adapt, as well.
"We're really missing the mark with math, in my opinion, in that in recent years we have focused a great deal on literacy in this state and not as much on math," Collins said.
Gov. Peter Shumlin wants to require algebra and geometry for all the state's high school students. McCormack says that's on the table as his committee considers a number of ways to raise the bar, but he admits there could be challenges ahead.
"This committee has a long and unfortunate history of coming up with wonderful educational programs that then die in the money committees," McCormack said.
McCormack says he expects to review specific proposals from the governor and a list of priorities from the state's school boards and superintendents next week.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:57:36 GMT
Teamwork between a Montgomery farmer and a corporal with the Franklin Country sheriff's department may have saved a life when they pulled off a daring rescue. A woman became trapped in her truck tryingMore >>
It was a lifesaving rescue in the nick of time. A Franklin County sheriff's deputy put his life on the line to save a woman trapped in a truck with floodwaters raging around her. More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:58:34 GMT
After this week's whirlwind weather events and major flooding Tuesday, Governor Shumlin (D-Vermont), VTrans and state transportation officials held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the aftermath. ShumlinMore >>
After this week's whirlwind weather events and major flooding Tuesday, Governor Shumlin, VTrans and state transportation officials held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the aftermath.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:34 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:34:35 GMT
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains. There were localized areas of high water and damage, like a road washout on Mud Hollow Road in Kirby. Water remainsMore >>
It looks like our region escaped any major flooding resulting from Tuesday's heavy rains.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:02 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:02:05 GMT
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York. The governor made the declaration Tuesday night. It covers six counties in northeastern of New York, including two inMore >>
The floods forced Gov. Andrew Cuomo to declare a state of emergency in New York.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:08 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:08:35 GMT
If you thought the weather Tuesday really stunk, you weren't alone. Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers were too much for even a beaver. WCAX Producer Diane Landry caught video Tuesday in MiltonMore >>
Apparently all the rain and the rushing rivers in our region Tuesday were too much for even a beaver.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-04-16 16:09:50 GMT
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont. SheldonMore >>
If you think this spring has been filled with strange weather-- cold, then hot, then flooding, then snow-- well, we have a reminder that fluctuating weather is not all that unusual in Vermont.More >>