State, National & International Assessment Data
Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Common
Assessment 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
- English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics employs the Smarter Balanced Assessment each Spring for grades 3-8 and 11.
- Science: employs the New England
Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Spring for grades 4, 8 and 11.
English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
The Smarter Balanced Assessment, replaced Vermont’s previous assessment test, the NECAP, in 2015. The new assessment of English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics asks students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills in areas such as critical thinking, analytical writing, and problem solving.
2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
Vermont joined with a cadre of other states to develop the next generation of educational tests for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. This group of states, known as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium created an assessment that is fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards, uses state of the art computer adaptive testing and accessibility technologies, and provides a continuum of summative, interim and formative tools that can be used for a variety of educational purposes. Since the student test scores released below establish a a new baseline aligned with the Common Core, they should not be compared to previous statewide test scores. As with any change, there will be a period of adjustment, as teachers and students get used to the new standards and tests.
2013 NECAP Assessment Results
In the fall of 2013, 27 schools participated in
the SBAC field test in lieu of the English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics
NECAP assessments. Participation in the SBAC field test
was voluntary. While the state is required to report
statewide results, there is evidence to suggest that the
exclusion of these 27 schools makes statewide results
unrepresentative of all students in the state. Therefore, 2013 NECAP reading, writing and math assessments
do not accurately reflect state-level achievement and
should be excluded in any state-level comparisons over
It is appropriate to make comparisons at the school level
for those schools that did administer the fall 2013 NECAP
assessments. It is possible for schools that did
participate in the SBAC field to have limited results for
the fall 2013 NECAP assessments. This occurs because
results are often reported by the school where the
learning occurred (teaching school) and not the school
where the test was administered (testing school).
The science assessment, which is part of the NECAP, is designed to measure students’ scientific literacy and inquiry. This is the seventh year of administration of the NECAP science assessment, which combines scores from multiple choice and short answer questions with results from an inquiry task that requires students to analyze and interpret findings from an actual science experiment.
2015 NECAP Science Assessment Results
2014 NECAP Science Assessment Results
Assessment Results: Through Time, Across Content Areas
In order to protect individual student's
rights to privacy, results are reported only when a student
grouping has more than 10 members.
National Assessment of Educational Progress
Also known as "the Nation's Report Card," National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is the only nationally representative and continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject
areas. NAEP does not provide scores for individual students
or schools; instead, it offers results regarding
subject-matter achievement for populations of students
(e.g., fourth-graders) and groups within those populations
(e.g., female students, Hispanic students). National and
state NAEP results are based on a sample of such student
The NAEP will be administered to samples of fourth-or-eighth-grade students from January through March 2017. Students will be assessed in mathematics or reading. Students will spend about 90 to 120 minutes completing the assessment, including answering questions in one subject area and answering questions about themselves and their educational experiences. Most students will take the assessment on tablets with keyboards provided by NAEP representatives. A subset of students will take paper-and-pencil versions of the assessment. NAEP is administering the assessments via both tablets and paper booklets to evaluate any differences in student performance. Each student will be assessed in only one subject and in one type of administration.
Each school principal and the teachers of the subjects being assessed will also complete a questionnaire. As principals, you are essential partners in NAEP. You make an important contribution to NAEP by working closely with your students, teachers and staff and explaining why the assessment is important.
Vermont NAEP Results
NAEP Snapshot Reports
- Math Snapshot Reports
- Reading Snapshot Reports
- Math Snapshot Reports
- Reading Snapshot Reports
To view more
comprehensive NAEP results (including results from other
states) as well as sample test questions and details of
the assessment administration, visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/.
Vermont was selected to participate in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS)
and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)
as part of International Activities Program under the National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education. The schools and students participating in these programs contribute to the greater sample of all students selected across the nation. Results from these studies are only reported at the national level. Performance measurements are not reported for individual students, schools, districts or states.
The TIMSS provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. students compared to that of students in other countries. The PIRLS is an international comparative study of the reading literacy of young students. PIRLS studies the reading achievement and reading behaviors and attitudes of 4th-grade students in the United States and students in the equivalent of 4th grade in other participating countries.
Below is a
summary of SAT, PSAT and AP results for Vermont students
by high school. For more information about the SAT, PSAT
or AP tests visit the College Board website at http://www.collegeboard.org/.
PSAT, AP results by school:
Page Last Updated on July 27, 2016