Vt. scores show improvements in writing

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Test results show Vermont elementary and middle school students are getting better at writing but math scores among high schoolers are troubling.

The 2012 New England Common Assessment Program scores show improvements in writing, with 66 percent of middle school students and 51 percent of elementary school students proficient in the topic.

Math scores remain unchanged in elementary and middle school with 65 percent proficient. The high school score improved two percentage points but remained low at just 38 percent meeting the mark.

Vermont Education Secretary Armando Vilaseca says high school mathematics is a high priority for the agency. He says if Vermont's students are going to be ready to continue their education beyond high school and be successful in the 21st century, they need stronger math skills and knowledge.

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