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.
AOE Seeks Input on High School Assessment
The Agency of Education invited interested individuals to complete a survey that will help the Agency select the best approach to assessment for Vermont’s high school students. The survey requests input relative to two key questions
- Should the Agency replace the Smarter Balanced Assessment with a college admissions exam such as the ACT or the SAT;
- When making this decision, how much weight should the Agency place on each of several specific factors related to assessment cost, content, purpose and use?
Results from the High School Assessment Survey
Please note the following:
- The survey is not a vote. Results will play a substantial role in the Agency’s decisions but will not be considered as “binding.”
- At this point in time, the Agency only wishes to determine if a college admission exam will provide a better option for our high school students than the Smarter Balanced assessments. Should the decision be made to use a college admissions exam, which exam that is will be decided through a fair and open bidding process.
- The Agency does not anticipate changing the high school assessment this school year. Any change would be part of the Agency’s response to the new opportunities and requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Thank you for your assistance. Please direct any questions or additional comments to State Assessment Director, Michael Hock. Michael can be reached by phone (802-479-1288) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Michael Hock, Director of Educational Assessment, at email@example.com or (802) 479-1288
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