Vermont statewide science assessment shows marginal improvement

first_imgSource: VT DOE. 9.22.2009 Statewide science assessment results for Spring 2009 were released by the Vermont Department of Education today. Fifty-two percent of Vermont fourth graders tested were proficient or higher in science, up four points from last year. In grade eight, 25 percent were proficient or higher, down one point. In grade 11, 27 percent were proficient or higher, up 2 points. The results are from the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) science exams, given to Vermont public school students for the second time in grades 4, 8 and 11 in May 2009.“There is an obvious need for improvement in how our students are learning science,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “The wide range of results by individual school, from zero percent to 96 percent proficient, shows me that students are capable of achieving the standard, but they are not all receiving the standards-based science curriculum that we expect due to the varied delivery of curriculum in our school districts.”As seen in previous years statewide and nationally, an achievement gap persists between students from low-income families and their peers. In grade four, only 33 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 61 percent of their peers. In grade eight, only 10 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 30 percent of their peers. In grade 11, only 13 percent of those students were proficient or higher, compared to 30 percent of their peers.“These results represent an early snapshot of science understanding by Vermont students, and indicate that alignment of instruction with science grade expectations in elementary classrooms is beginning to make a difference,” said Science Assessment Coordinator Gail Hall. “However, all school programs need to continue to give standards-based science content greater emphasis within classrooms, as well as problem solving, critical thinking, and reading and writing skills in science.”The NECAP exams were created in collaboration with Rhode Island and New Hampshire. These exams 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. This is the second year of results on the NECAP science exams.For school reports, visit http://www.education.vermont.gov/new/html/pgm_assessment/data.html#html(link is external).  For more information, contact Jill Remick at (802) 828-3154 or Michael Hock at (802) 828-3115.last_img read more

Companies receive HHS orders for novel flu vaccine

first_imgMay 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –Two vaccine companies, Sanofi Pasteur and GlaxoSmithKline, recently announced they received their first orders from the US government for a vaccine and adjuvant to protect the country against the novel H1N1 virus.Sanofi, in a statement released yesterday, said the initial order it received from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) covers the production of bulk vaccine and related activities and is worth $190 million. On May 22, Glaxo said in a press release that HHS ordered vaccine antigen and the company’s proprietary adjuvant system, AS03. Adjuvants are compounds that enhance a vaccine’s immune response, offering the possibility of stretching antigen supplies.The announcements from the two companies follow a May 22 announcement from HHS that secretary Kathleen Sebelius was directing about $1 billion in existing funds toward clinical studies and commercial production of bulk vaccine antigen and adjuvant.Federal officials have announced plans to support the development of a novel H1N1 vaccine, but have taken pains to explain that the decision to use it would be made separately.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said it hopes to wrap up work on a seed strain to send to vaccine makers within the next few weeks. Once companies receive the seed strain, they can develop pilot lots to begin safety, efficacy, and dosage testing.The federal government’s placement of the orders falls under existing contracts that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) established with the companies in 2004 as part of the nation’s pandemic influenza strategy.Sanofi said it hopes to begin work on a pilot lot in June after the US Food and Drug Administration approves its working seed. The company said clinical trials could begin as early as August, but a timeline for final formulation, filling, and distribution has not been set.Wayne Pisano, Sanofi’s president and chief executive officer, said in the press release that though a number of complex steps need to be taken before a vaccine is available, the company’s experience in developing the prepandemic H5N1 avian influenza vaccine will be helpful. “We look forward to further demonstrating our experience and expertise in vaccine development as we prepare for this new threat from AH1N1,” he said.Production of the new H1N1vaccine for HHS will take place at the company’s recently licensed new production facility in Swiftwater, Pa. As soon as the company finishes production of seasonal influenza vaccine at its second Swiftwater facility, it can produce the novel H1N1 vaccine at both plants. The two plants, when operating at full capacity, can make about 150 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine.Meanwhile, Glaxo said it expects to fill HHS’ adjuvant order within the next few months and hopes to produce the first antigen doses 4 to 6 months after receiving the novel H1N1seed strain. The company said its proprietary adjuvant, already approved as a component of the H5N1 vaccine in Europe and some Asian countries, is the subject of 15 additional clinical trials, including one involving a seasonal flu vaccine.Both Sanofi and Glaxo said they are in ongoing discussions with other countries about producing novel flu vaccine for national stockpiles.See also:May 25 Sanofipress releaseMay 22 Glaxopress releaseMay 22 HHS press releaseMay 6 CIDRAP News story “FDA approves new vaccine facility”last_img read more

4 former Syracuse players sign as undrafted free agents following NFL draft

first_imgThe Colts were No. 15 in the NFL in sacks last season and lost Jabaal Sheard (4.5 sacks last year) in free agency.Trishton Jackson, Los Angeles RamsJackson, a former Syracuse wide receiver signed with the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday evening. He declared early for the draft, foregoing his senior season, and many mock drafts had him pegged as a seventh rounder. Jackson, who transferred from Michigan State to Syracuse after his sophomore year, hauled in 66 catches for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Orange last year as a redshirt junior.  Now, he’ll join a wide receiving corps in Los Angeles that includes Cooper Kupp, Robert Woods and Josh Reynolds. The Rams recently traded veteran receiver Brandin Cooks to the Houston Texans but also spent a second rounder on LSU wideout Van Jefferson. Jackson will have to compete for a spot on the Rams’ week 1 roster. The Detroit native’s career at Syracuse began and ended in memorable fashion. In his first game of eligibility, in Syracuse’s 34-18 Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia, Jackson snagged a touchdown on a back-shoulder pass from Eric Dungey. In SU’s 2019 season finale, Jackson caught 10 balls for 111 yards and scored in an overtime victory.At the NFL draft scouting combine, the 6-foot-1 Jackson ran an unofficial 4.5-second 40-yard dash and recorded a 36-inch vertical. He logged five 100-yard games for SU and holds the program record for most yards in a junior season.Sean Riley, New England PatriotsRiley signed a contract with the New England Patriots after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL draft on Saturday. The four-year player for the Orange primarily served as a special teamer for his first two seasons in the return game before transitioning to a larger, all-purpose role as a wideout and returner in his final two years. The Patriots didn’t draft any wide receivers and were already relatively thin at the position entering the draft, giving Riley a chance to compete for a spot on the Patriots 53-man roster. Given his return and special teams experience, Riley could be a specialist even if his production as a traditional wide receiver is limited. His best season as a receiver came as a junior when the Orange won 10 games and Riley caught a team-high 64 passes for 756 yards. As a wide receiver, Riley caught 119 passes for 1,265 yards and four touchdowns in his career, but he also returned a punt for a touchdown and blocked two punts defensively. Riley was a four-year kick returner and three-year punt returner, finishing third in ACC history for total kickoff returns.Evan Adams, Baltimore RavensAdams became the fourth Syracuse undrafted free agent to sign, joining the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, according to a tweet from Syracuse Football. Published on April 26, 2020 at 12:29 am Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ After redshirting his first season with the Orange,  the offensive lineman started his last four years for the Orange, three as a right guard and one as a left guard in his final season. He started 45 of his 49 games in four eligible seasons. He was one of just two returners in 2019, along with Airon Servais, to an offensive line that struggled with both run block and protecting quarterbacks Tommy DeVito and Clayton Welch. After the offensive line was dominant in 2018, their performance was part of SU’s five-win drop-off from 10 to five last season.The Ravens also drafted two offensive linemen, tackle Tyre Phillips (Mississippi State) and guard Ben Bredeson (Michigan), with their picks in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. This post will be updated with additional reporting. Comments Two former Syracuse players, defensive end Alton Robinson and punter Sterling Hofrichter, were drafted in the 2020 NFL draft that concluded on Saturday. After the draft’s end, though, four past Orange also signed contracts to join NFL teams. They’ll now join each team’s 90-man roster and compete for a spot on the final 53-man roster. Here’s a round-up on Syracuse’s undrafted free agents.Kendall Coleman, Indianapolis ColtsColeman, a former Syracuse defensive end, signed with the Colts and was the first Syracuse undrafted free agent following the draft’s conclusion. He was a four-year starter, the first pass rusher to do so since SU switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3 in 1996. In 44 career games — 43 of which he started — Coleman totaled 137 tackles (70 solo), 26.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. As a junior, he and Robinson both tallied 10 sacks, the most of any duo in the ACC. Coleman’s sack total was cut from 10 to four his senior year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re a fabulous combination,” head coach Dino Babers said of his defensive ends in camp before the 2019 season. “I think sometimes Kendall doesn’t get his due because of the way Alton carries himself and rightly so.”Coleman ran a 4.95-second 40-yard dash at the NFL draft Scouting Combine in February, and also had a vertical jump of 32.0 inches and a broad jump of 114.0 inches. NFL.com gave him a prospect grade of 5.43, 32nd best of all edge rushers.Ahead of the draft, Coleman trained with former Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowler and 2013 AFC Defensive Player of the Year Robert Mathis, per a video posted to Mathis’s Twitter account. Mathis is currently working with the Colts as a pass-rush consultant.last_img read more

St George’s face tough St Jago test

first_imgDefending champions St George’s College will face a tough task when they oppose St Jago High in the feature ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup Knockout semi-final at the Constant Spring playfield today at 3 p.m.The game is the second of a double-header as the last four battle for spots in the November 28 final.In the opening encounter, Jamaica College square off against Wolmer’s Boys at 1 p.m.The feature game will see two quality teams in action. St George’s College will start as favourites but they will be severely tested by a robust St Jago team.St George’s will be looking to outscore their opponents, as they have found the back of the net 42 times in both the Manning Cup matches and Walker Cup so far.In the Walker Cup quarter-finals, St George’s beat Excelsior High 3-1 while St Jago blanked Kingston College 2-0.St Jago have scored a total of 28 goals in eight Manning Cup matches and one Walker Cup game.Marcel Gayle, assistant coach of St George’s College, is confident that his team will come out on top.”We are defending champions and so the aim is to win this game tomorrow,” Gayle told The Gleaner yesterday.Star GeorgiansSt George’s will look to star players Shevon Stewart, Alex Marshall and Gregory Messam Jr to get past their rivals.”It will be a good match-up against St George’s,” St Jago’s coach Glen Laing said yesterday. He added: “The George’s team is an attacking one, with quality players, but we also have a quality bunch. These guys are also talented in other sports and able to play in different positions on the field, which is a plus for us.”St Jago will look to Romario Douglas, Ryan Smart and Shaqon Bryan for victory.In the first game, Jamaica College are tipped to clip Wolmer’s.Both won their quarter-final games in penalty shoot-outs against Charlie Smith and Hydel respectively, last Saturday.JC won three titles last year but lost the Walker Cup in the final. With this in mind, the Miguel Coley-coached team will be determined to advance to the final.JC will look to Alando Brown, Norman Campbell, Donovan Dawkins and Ronaldo Brown to lift them past their rivals.Wolmer’s, under the guidance of Vassell Reynolds, have been quietly making their mark. The leading players for the Heroes Circle-based school are Rojay Smith, Alphanso Gooden and the diminutive Stuart Payne.B2: St Jago hunt North Street sweeplast_img read more