WASHINGTON, March 24 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate education committee, today applauded Vermont students for ranking among the highest in the country on reading and math skills.
“I express the pride that all Vermonters feel about the fact that Vermont schools and students have done so very well. Hard-working teachers all over our state deserve a lot of the credit. The students themselves should be proud of their achievements, of course, and so should school administrators who helped create an environment for learning and achievement.”
The results for the National Assessment of Educational Progress, released today by the U.S. Department of Education, put Vermont eighth graders and fourth graders among the top states in the country.
The reading scores mirrored results announced last October for math achievement.
The results, however, showed a persistent and significant gap in Vermont and the rest of the nation between students from low-income families compared to those from families with higher incomes.
“We are going to focus our attention on how to close that gap, reduce high school dropout rates and encourage more students to go to college,” said Sanders, whose Senate education panel currently is working on legislation reforming elementary and secondary education programs. “A good education translates into a stronger economy in a competitive world.”
To review Vermont student achievement results, click here.