Without exception, all publicly funded students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 in Vermont schools must be accounted for in the statewide assessment system. Most students participate in the general statewide assessments with no accommodations while a small percentage of students take the general assessment using approved accommodations when necessary. An even smaller number of students (approximately 500) participate in the assessment accountability system using the Vermont alternate assessment. The alternate assessment allows students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSD) (to demonstrate their knowledge and skills on core academic content and for their performance scores to be included in school accountability.
As a result of the state’s adoption the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts and Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), Vermont is currently transitioning to a new set of statewide assessments, including new alternate assessments.
Vermont has joined with the seventeen state Dynamic Learning Maps consortium (DLM) to help develop and implement a comprehensive instructional and testing system for SWSD in Language Arts and Math. The DLM is scheduled to be fully operational in school year 2014-2015. Similarly, Vermont is expected to join with other states to develop a new alternate science assessment aligned to the NGSS. This assessment will, however, not be available until at least 2016. In the meantime, students participating in the alternate assessment will continue to complete the Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio (VTAAP).
Reading & Math - Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)