This program coordinates the implementation and administration of all components of the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS), including the development of alternate assessments, assessments that have been modified to accommodate the specific testing needs of students who have disabilities. The team also identifies, analyzes, and reports on outcomes and data measured by the CAS.
Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessments System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state's schools, based on Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities,with the goal of improving teaching and learning. Statewide assessments include:
The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) which was administered each fall, ending in October, 2013. Mathematics, reading and writing assessments were administered in grades 3-8 and 11.
The NECAP science assessment are administered to all students in grades 4, 8 and 11 each May.
Schools also assess student performance in additional subject areas and at additional grade levels using portfolios (collections of student work), norm-referenced standardized tests, and locally developed assessments.