DORSET - Long Trail School received confirmation of its successful educational strategies when the results of the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tests arrived on campus.

While students and teachers alike know that they are working well and building good skills, the test results provide quantifiable proof. It is particularly gratifying as Long Trail spends little time preparing for standardized testing, preferring to put its emphasis on learning skills and patterns of thinking.

In the category of reading, Long Trail students did very well. The percentage of sixth grade students receiving a score of proficient or higher was 80 percent. The percentage of seventh grade students receiving a score of proficient or higher was 93 percent. Eighty-five percent of eighth grade students scored proficient or higher in this category. Of the 11th graders, 71 percent received a score of proficient or higher. Vermont state averages for reading ranged from 73-80 percent for these grades.

In the category of math, the percentage of sixth grade students at Long Trail receiving a score of proficient or higher was 70 percent. The percentage of seventh grade students receiving a score of proficient or higher was 89 percent. Seventy-four percent of eighth grade students received a score of proficient or higher. The majority of Long Trail's 11th grade students - 71 percent - received a score of proficient or higher. Vermont state averages for math in these grades ranged from 38-67 percent.


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Writing is only assessed in grades eight and 11. In this category, the percentage of 8th grade students at Long Trail receiving a score of proficient or higher was 70 percent. The percentage of 11th grade students receiving a score of proficient or higher was 55 percent. Vermont state averages were 66 percent for the eighth grade and 47 percent for grade 11.

Long Trail School students consistently scored above the state averages.

"The NECAP results speak to the value of the teaching and learning in our school. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation for our students and the data illustrates this. We only use the NECAP (and other external tests) to assess our progress," commented Stacey Nicholson, Dean of Faculty & Academics. "We have reflective teachers who approach the classroom experience in creative ways and we are always looking for ways to improve. I'm very proud of our scholars and our teachers."

For more information about Long Trail School, contact Director of Admissions Courtney Callo at 802-867-5717 extension141 or ccallo@longtrailschool.org.