VUHS Data

VERGENNES UNION HIGH SCHOOL

Serving the towns of Addison, ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes & Waltham

A Unified Vision of VUHS

Co-Principals Peter Reynolds & Edwin Webbley


ur purpose as a school community is to develop knowledgeable, responsible, respectful, and healthy individuals who flourish in -- and contribute to -- an ever-changing society.

  Our 5 Guidelines for Success:
·         We are here; we are on time
·         We believe in personal integrity
·         We are respectful We are kind
·         We challenge ourselves

 

The five-year goal of VUHS is to reach a point where at least 80% of our graduates go on to higher education. Our goal is to successfully prepare those students to thrive in higher education. We ultimately work towards the 100% level.

 

The following are initiatives that we have thus far aimed at our target of 80% Onward and upward.

 

•Performance Graduation Requirements  expected   of the class of 2016.

      • Walden Program

•Teacher Learning Communities

        Understanding by Design (UbD)

        Formative Assessment Project (FAP)

        Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

    

      • Positive Behavior Supports Program

      • MS Team/HS Tier Support for Students

 

      • Call-back

      • Restorative Justice Practices

      • Morning Meeting

      • Eat Right, Get Fit, Be Smart

      • Governance/Leadership ( Leadership
        Councils, BEST)

      • Math-Science Partnership Grant

      • Facilitative Teacher Leadership

      • ANWSU K-12 Writing Initiative

      • School Coach Support

      • The 9th Grade “Team” Initiative

      • Content Area Reading & Writing

      • Expeditionary Learning/MS Program

        Additional Math

      • MS Learning Expeditions

        Extended Day (Vergennes After School) and
         summer school

        Summer Summit

 

To learn more about these initiatives and their relationship to all our Transformation initiatives please contact Ed Webbley ewebbley@anwsu.org (802) 877-2938 or Peter Reynolds preynolds@anwsu.org (802) 877-2938.

 

GRADING SYSTEM


Starting with the class of 2010, VUHS no longer placed students on a Grade Point Average scale (GPA). Since then students have had a calculated Numeric Grade Average (N.G.A.) of all their high school grades.

 

As of School Year ’07-’08, VUHS passing grade became “70”.

Prior to ’07-’08 passing grade was 60 (Hannaford Career Center remains at “60”)

 

VUHS’ grading system is unweighted. Class rank is computed at semesters 6, 7 and 8, during junior and senior years.

 


 

 

VUHS Enrollment for 1998-2011

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

584

585

593

623

656

641

670

703

649

634

642

647

592

580

                 Based on 1st day of school enrollments - enrollments increase and decrease throughout the year

 

         

The chart below indicates a dramatic increase in families qualifying for lunch assistance. It is important to remember that in grades 7-12, far fewer families apply for these lunch benefits than the number actually eligible.

 

 

Percentage of vuhs students eligible for free and reduced lunch

over time

 

 

 

Source: VT Dept. of Education Food and Nutrition Management
Eligibility Report by Fiscal Year

 

percentage of households in our five communities eligible for Medicaid
Over Time

 

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2008-2009

2007-2008

2006-2007

2005-2006

60%

49%

51%

52%

54%

56%

50%

 

 


On page 18 of this report, the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) section provides an overview of the high school’s AYP Status for 2011 (based on fall 2010 NECAP results).  Below are programs designed as interventions for struggling students. 




Call-Back

Call-back is a system in which we emphasize timely academic intervention in a student’s learning. Should you fail to adequately master a concept, plan to be available either that day or the next for re-teaching and re-learning. By avoiding the after-school conundrum of sports, jobs, and busing, we can provide you with the extra help necessary for you to be successful. It is your responsibility to take advantage of this extra time, and if “called back” by a teacher for extra help, you are required to attend. If you would like extra help from a teacher, you may ask the teacher to schedule you for call-back. Your Morning Meeting advisor will distribute requests for call-back from other teachers.

 

Expanded Learning Opportunities at VUHS

 

 



KEYS Afterschool Unlock the Possibilities

KEYS Afterschool provides enrichment opportunities, academic support and recreational activities to students in 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Classes in the last year have included Mentoring, Sewing Club, Intramural Basketball, Digital Photography, Self Defense and Bicycle Repair. Funded by the 21st Century Learning Centers Grant, KEYS strives to engage students in positive, educational and fun activities preparing them for their future in our community. During the past year KEYS provided 5129 hours of programs with 122 student participants. KEYS provides a healthy snack to each participant everyday and also sponsors an activity bus to transport students home after the program.

 

46%  of our KEYS students were regular attendees. A regular attendee has attended at least 60
          
hours of classes. Our regular attendees have made excellent progress in school.  

52 % of regular attendees achieved a score of proficient (3) or better on their NECAP tests in both math and reading. Regular attendees on average were absent only 1 day during the school year.

91% of regular attendees participating in HW Club finished their HW on time.

56% of our regular attendees math and English went up by at least one grade

 

Summer Adventures In Learning

 Expanded learning opportunities for students in Grades 7-12

 

SAIL provides enrichment activities, credit recovery and tutoring to students in grades 7 through 12 for six weeks in the summer. Last summer 91 students participated in 6403 hours of SAIL activities. Classes included Roller Coaster Physics, Vermont Geomath, Cooking with Math, Bridge Building, Creative Writing and a drama program called “Acting Out” which featured a production of “America’s Next Top Model Student”. High school students were able to receive credit for classes in math, science and English. SAIL also provided free breakfast and lunch for all students and transportation home. 

 

53% of our SAIL students were regular attendees. They also made excellent progress in school. SAIL provides enrichment activities, credit recovery and tutoring to students in grades 7 through 12 for six weeks in the summer. Last summer 91 students participated in 6403 hours of SAIL activities. Classes included Roller Coaster Physics, Vermont Geomath, Cooking with Math, Bridge Building, Creative Writing and a drama program called “Acting Out” which featured a production of “America’s Next Top Model Student”. High school students were able to receive credit for classes in math, science and English. SAIL also provided free breakfast and lunch for all students and transportation home. 

53% of out SAIL students were regular attendees. They also made excellent progress in school.

28 high school students completed requirements for credit recovery in math, science or English.

Regular attendees on average raised their scores on ALEKS, an on-line math program by 13%

54% of students reported improvements in their reading and writing skills

 For more information on either program, please contract Jill Strube at jstrube@anwsu.org. or 877-2938.

 

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Vergennes Inducted into the League of Innovative Schools

MONTPELIERVergennes Union Middle and High School has been inducted into The League of Innovative Schools, the Department announced today.  

The League of Innovative Schools is comprised of secondary schools from across the state, and is affiliated with the New England Secondary Schools Consortium (NESSC). The Consortium includes Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The goal of the league and the consortium is to promote innovative strategies, to establish a network of best practices that is directly linked to 21st century learning and to promote greater educational equity and opportunities for all students. League schools will serve as models for local education agencies around the state shaping the future of Vermont public education. 

Vergennes will be piloting the Proficiency Based Graduation Requirements (PBGR) for their freshman class next year. The hope is that within four years all high school students will be graduating based on demonstrated abilities, not simply seat time. They are also the only school in Vermont engaged in expeditionary learning, which is a program that puts emphasis on experiential learning through expeditions.

Vergennes Union Elementary School has also been on the move. Since 2005, they have seen tremendous improvements on their Annual Measurable Objectives, which are based on Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s action plan for making Adequate Yearly Progress in Reading and Math. In all subgroups they are seeing significant progress, and they are closing the gap between students in poverty and their peers. They also focus on students’ whole development, and have a successful child nutrition program.

Earlier members of the League are: Brattleboro Union High School, U-32 Junior and Senior High School, Burlington High School, Rochester High School, Williamstown Middle/High School, Cabot School, South Burlington High School, Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans, Essex Union High School and Montpelier High School.

For more information about the League of Innovative Schools and the New England Secondary School Consortium, please contact Tom Alderman at tom.alderman@state.vt.us, or go to the NESSC website http://www.newenglandssc.org/. At Vergennes, please contact Carol Spencer, Curriculum Coordinator for Addison Northwest Supervisory Union, at 802-877-3332, ext. 13.

 

 

 

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How Do VUHS Students Perform on the SAT Over Time?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets students show colleges what they know and how well they can apply that knowledge. It tests knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and many colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
* Mean and Middle 50th Percent Range: the mean is the arithmetic average of a set of scores. To calculate the mean, the scores are totaled and the sum is divided by the number of scores. extreme score on the  high or low end of the distribution may skew the mean in smaller sets of scores.


ACT (College Readiness Test)

The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

 

How do VUHS ACT-tested Students Ready for College-Level Coursework Compare to the State?

 

College English Composition

College Algebra

College Social Science

College Biology

Meeting All 4

 

VUHS    100%

STATE   78%

 

VUHS     100%

STATE   58%

 

VUHS    89%

STATE   63%

 

VUHS    78%

STATE   39%

 

VUHS   67%

STATE  33%

*Benchmark scores: English Composition/18; Algebra/22; Social Science/21; Biology 24. The benchmark score is the minimum score needed on the ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

5-year trends – average act scores

From this table you can determine: • Changes in the number and percentage of participants • Score changes in subject areas and the ACT composite • How your graduates compare with state averages

                Total Tested

      English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Composite

Grad. Year

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

2007

12

1,855

22.8

22.6

22.6

22.5

23.6

23.3

23.5

22.3

23.3

22.8

2008

15

2,203

20.4

22.4

23.0

22.4

21.9

23.3

20.9

22.1

21.8

22.7

2009

14

2,008

23.2

22.9

24.9

22.9

24.9

23.7

23.9

22.5

24.4

23.1

2010

12

2,054

25.0

22.8

24.7

22.8

25.8

23.7

24.2

22.8

24.9

23.2

2011

  9

2,053

24.4

22.5

26.0

22.6

25.8

23.0

25.3

22.2

25.6

22.7

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides students with the opportunity to complete college-level studies during high school. Many colleges grant credit to students who successfully complete AP courses. In order to receive college credit, a student must take the AP test. VUHS offers courses to prepare students to pass these exams in the areas of Calculus (A&B), Statistics, European History, U.S. History, Literature and Composition & Language and Composition are offered every other year.

 

Year

Number of students tested

           

  Students Requested Scores be Sent to the Following Schools

2011

 

 

33

University of Vermont, University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College,

Castleton State College, Hamilton College, Muhlenberg College, SUNY College of Oswego, Skidmore College, Southern Maine Community College,

Saint Michael’s College, Virginia Wesleyan College

2010

 

 

29

University of Vermont, Barnard College, Cedarville College, Eugene Lang College: New School for Liberal Arts, Ithaca College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Messiah College, Northeastern University, St. Michael’s College, Towson University, University of Massachusetts.-Amherst, University of Mass. Lowell

2009

23

Champlain College, Cornell University, New York University,
University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Clarkson University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, University of Vermont

2008

25

Carleton College, Middlebury College, Skidmore College, Univ. of New Haven,

University of Vermont, Charleston Southern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Univ. of Nebraska, Univ. of Maine, Vermont Tech. College

2007

29

Castleton State College, Marist College, St. Lawrence University, Suffolk University, University of Vermont, Gettysburg College, McGill University, St. Michaels College, Tufts University

2006

20

Bates College, Castleton State College, Florida State College, Green Mountain College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Univ. of California Santa Cruz, Boston College, Dartmouth College, Franklin College Switzerland, Northeastern University, St. Michaels College, University of Maine

2005

23

Dartmouth College, Gordon College MA, Marlboro College, Union College, University of Miami, University of Virginia, Dickinson College, Husson College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Vermont, Wheelock College

 

 

Class of 2011 Group Enrollment History

Some Students Have Moved Away

Class of 2011 Adjusted Enrollment

95

2011 Event Completion Rate

91.58%

2011 Cohort Four Year Graduation Rate

89.47%

Still Enrolled at the end of 4 years

5.26%

 

 

DROPOUT RATES

A dropout rate by state and federal definition is an individual student who is not enrolled in an approved educational program and who has not graduated from high school. For the complete
2010-2011 DOE Vermont Public School High School Completion Report visit
http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/data/dropout_completion.html

http://tinyurl.com/3cq9cde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Academy of Art University

Paul Smith’s College

Ave Maria College

Pensacola Christian College

Barnard College

Plymouth State College

Bay Path College

Pratt - Brooklyn

Becker College

Prescott College

Bennington College

Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Bentley College

Rivier College

*Boston Architectural College

Rochester Institute of Technology

*Bowdoin College

*Roger Williams University

Brigham Young University

Russell Sage College

Burlington College

Saint John’s University

Calvin College

Saint Joseph’s College of Rutland

Carlton College

*Saint Michael’s College

*Castleton State College

Salon Professional Academy

Cedarville University

Salt Lake Community College

*Champlain College

Sarah Lawrence College

Charleston Southern University

Siena College

*Clarkson University

Simmons College

*Colby-Sawyer College

*Skidmore College

College of the Atlantic

Southern Maine Community College

Colorado College

Southern VT College

Concordia College

Sterling College

*Community College of Vermont

SUNY Canton

Cornell University

SUNY Plattsburgh

Curtis Institute of Music

SUNY Cobleskill

DePaul University

SUNY Fredonia

Debuque University

*SUNY Oswego

Dickinson College

SUNY Morrisville

Endicott College

SUNY Potsdam

Eugene Lange College

Tulane University

*Fairfield University

Towson University

Florida Institute of Technology

Union College

Florida State University

University of California Santa Cruz

Franklin College Switzerland

*University of Chicago

Gordon College

*University of New England

Green Mountain College

University of  New Hampshire

Hampshire College of Photography

*University of Northwestern Ohio

*Hallmark College

University of Maine

Hesser College

University of Maine Farmington

*Huntington College

University of Maine - Machias

*Husson College

University of Maine Orono

Ithaca College

*University of Southern Maine

Jacksonville University

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Jamestown Community College

University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

*Johnson State College

University of Montana

Judson College

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

*Keene State College

University of New Haven

Kentucky College

University of Northwestern Ohio

*Landmark College

University of Ozarks

Lasell College

University of Prince Edward Island

Liberty University

University of Rhode Island

Lyndon State College

University of South Carolina

Maine College of Art

University of Tampa

Maine Maritime Academic

University of Vermont

Marist College

University of Virginia

*Marlboro College

University of Western Florida

Massachusetts Maritime Acad.

Valcencia Community  College

Merrimack College

Valley Forge Christian College

Messiah College

Vassar College

Middlebury College

Vermont Academy

*Mississippi Gulf Coast Comm. College

Vermont School of Cosmetology

*Montana State University

Vermont Technical College (VTC)

Moody Bible Institute

*Virginia Wesleyan College

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

Wentworth Institute of Technology

*Muhlenberg College

Wesleyan University

NE Institute of Technology

West Virginia Wesleyan College

New England Culinary Institute

Western Kentucky University

New Hampshire Schl. of Art

Wheelock College

New Schl of Architecture & Design

 

New York University

 

Northeastern University

 

Norwich University

 

Ohio State University

 

Oklahoma State University

 

vuhs graduates have enrolled in the following

 schools

2005-2011

2010-2011 *class of 2011

47% attended four year colleges

14% attended one or two year colleges or tech school

1 enlisted in the Military

 

2009-2010 *class of 2010

48% attended four year colleges

37% attended one or two year colleges or tech school

4% enlisted in the Military

 

2008-2009 

42% attended four year colleges

25% attended a one & two year colleges

9% entered the military

 

2007-2008

49% attended four year colleges

15% attended one & two year colleges

 

2006-2007 

40% attended four year colleges

18 % attended one two or tech school, and 6% entered the military

2005-2006   

49% attended four year colleges

10% attended a one or two year colleges

 

2004-2005   

48% attended four year colleges

 1% attended one or two year colleges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Walden Project is inspired by the writings of the great American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who went into the woods to "live deliberately." During his sojourn, he meditated upon his life and the relationship between himself and his society. We hope to continue that tradition, to reconcile the notions of self-sufficiency and social responsibility for our students.

 

The Walden Project is an alternative learning program through Vergennes Union High School. It focuses mainly on science and literature while exploring the relationship between humans, society, and the natural world. Walden encourages students to take their education into their own hands and make it their own.

 

This program is offered to any high school student who is interested in an integrated approach to education. This interdisciplinary project will seek to present links across and within the traditional curriculum of Science, English, Math, and History. Students will ask critical questions and engage in problem solving that appeals to verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal and intrapersonal styles of learning.  Additionally, students will be asked to be active members of their community, both within the alternative program and the community-at-large. This involvement is intended to cultivate positive relationships to themselves social milieu, and their physical environment.

 

Matt Schlein, founder of the Walden Project, raised the money to buy 260 acres the students now use as their classroom

 
                     
FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM
WALK TO THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

 

Based on June 2011exit data, these are the percentages of Walden graduates who went on to pursue post secondary education:

 

40%

2010-2011

100%

2009-2010

90%

2008-2009

85%

2007-2008

75%

2006-2007

75%

2005-2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five seniors graduated from the Walden Project in June 2011. Two of the five went on to attend the following schools:

 

  Marlboro College for Psychology

  Roger Williams for Psychology

 

Colleges Walden Students have been accepted to since the program’s inception:

◘Audubon Expedition Institute  ◘Bard College ◘Bennington College ◘Bishops College ◘Boston Museum School of Fine Arts◘Massachusetts Art Institute ◘Castleton State College ◘Champlain College ◘College of the Atlantic ◘Columbia College ◘Cornell College ◘Emerson College ◘Eugene Laing College (The New School for Social Research) ◘ Evergreen College ◘Franklin Pierce College ◘Gordon College ◘Green Mountain College ◘Hampshire College ◘Hartwick College ◘Ithaca College ◘Johnson and Wales College ◘Johnson State College ◘Lesley College ◘Maine College of Fine Arts ◘Marlboro College ◘ Montana State University ◘Naropa University ◘New York University ◘Paul Smiths College ◘Penn State University ◘Prescott College ◘Roberts Wesleyan University ◘Russell Sage College ◘Sarah Lawrence College ◘Southern New Hampshire ◘ Sterling College ◘SUNY- Environmental Science and Forestry ◘Roger Williams ◘SUNY Fredonia ◘SUNY – Potsdam ◘ SUNY Purchase ◘Unity College ◘University of Colorado –Boulder ◘University of Maine ◘University of Massachusetts-Amherst ◘Univ. of Massachusetts-Dartmouth ◘University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ◘University of Montana ◘University of Oregon ◘University of Southern Maine ◘University of Vermont ◘University of Wisconsin – Madison ◘Vermont Technical College ◘Warren Wilson College.  

 

For more information about the Walden Project, please visit the Vergennes Union High School Website.

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2011-2012

PATRICIA A. HANNAFORD CAREER CENTER

Since 2001 select students spend time learning at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, VT. Programs available include:

ARTS & HUMANITIES

·                     Design & Illustration

·                     Addison Repertory Theater

·                     Video Tech Arts

·                     Visual Communications

BUSINESS & SERVICES

·                     Culinary Arts

·                     Health Careers

·                     Human Services

 

AGRICULTURE

·                     Agribusiness Technology

·                     Diesel Power Technology

·                     Forestry and Natural Resources

·                     Sustainable Landscapes, Food Production and Turf Management

·                     Mechanical Science

·                     Plant & Animal Science

·                     Sustainable Agriculture (NEW for 2012-2013)

TECHNOLOGY

·                     Automotive technology

·                     Renewable Energy & Green Building

·                     Industrial Design and Fabrication

·                     Architecture and Engineering Systems

·                     Foundations in Engineering/Architecture

·                     Intro to Technology

·                     Foundations in Computer-Assisted Drafting & Design

 

 

School Year

Number of VUHS Students Attending PHCC Over Time

2011-2012

53

2010-2011

62

2009-2010

70

2008-2009

84

2007-2008

61

2006-2007

66

2005-2006

65

2004-2005

76

2003-2004

59

2002-2003

14

2001-2002

28

2000-2001

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For additional information please visit: http://www.hannafordcareercenter.org/

 

NEW ENGLAND COMMON ASSESSMENT (NECAP) OF SCIENCE

 

How do Vergennes students attending the Hannaford Career Center Perform?

 

This assessment measures four domains of science: Physical Science (15 possible points); Earth/space Science (15 possible points); Life Science (15 possible points); and Inquiry (18 possible points).

 

Three of the 21 Hannaford Career Center students (14%) performed in the Proficient range in 2011. Thirteen (62%) were Partially Proficient and five (24%) scored Substantially Below Proficient. This is an improvement from the 2010 results, when no students in this group scored in the Proficient range and 37% scored Substantially Below Proficient. With only two years of data to review, it is too early to determine whether the improvement is a positive trend resulting from changes in teacher approach to science instruction. While the percentage of students scoring proficient in science is still well below the state average, this is certainly a change in the right direction.

 

In terms of specific program enrollment, five of the six participants in Sustainable Landscapes were partially proficient. Only one Forestry student was partially proficient. Ag Business had three students who scored proficient and seven of the total 11 students were partially proficient.

 

Of 44 Vergennes Union High School students who were not also Career Center students, 15 (34%) were proficient and 21 (48%) were Partially Proficient. Eight (18%) were Substantially Below Proficient.

 

Thirteen of the VUHS students who were proficient were enrolled at VUHS in Biology. The remaining Vergennes students were enrolled in Space, Time, and Matter, Living World, Plant and Soil Science, Animal Science, Agri-Small Business, Welding and Electric, Small Engines and Biotechnology. Scores for students in these classes ranged from Proficient to Substantially Below Proficient

 

 

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ASSESSMENT RESULTS

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NEW ENGLAND COMMON ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

2010-2011

2011-2012

GRADE 7

GRADE 8

 

These charts look at how the same group of middle school students performed over 2 years.

 

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Same Group of Students

                    2010 as 7th graders           2011 as 8th graders

 

Same Group of Students 2010 as 7th graders and 2011 as 8th graders
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Progress:

Grade 8 and Again in Grade 11 at VUHS and the State

Same group of students tested

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