Educational Support System (ESS)


Within each school district's comprehensive system of educational services, Title 16 of the Vermont Statutes requires each public school to develop and maintain an educational support system (ESS) for children who require additional assistance in order to succeed in the general education environment. Support includes prevention, intervention, and pre-school services. The educational support system is required to include an educational support team (EST) and a range of support and remedial services, including instructional and behavioral interventions and accommodations. Act 117 requires each school board to assign responsibility for developing and maintaining the ESS to the superintendent or principal. It also requires each superintendent to annually report on the status of the ESS in their schools including how funds, such as Medicaid, are used to support the ESS.

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Save the Date for the Vermont BEST/MTSS Summer Institute
Making it Happen!  Multi-Tiered System of Supports: Strategies in Action—Registration: March 1, 2014-April 1, 2014.  This year’s institute is designed for teams preparing to implement or are currently implementing a muli-tiered system of supports. Teams are encouraged to send members to various strands to inform school team planning each afternoon.  In addition, VTPBiS strands are designed for teams that completed prior readiness activities.


FY14 BEST/Act 230 Grant Application Process
Armando Vilaseca, Secretary of Education, has designated Vermont’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports (VT MTSS) for exclusive use of FY 14 BEST/Act 230 funds. Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) is included within this designation. Please be advised that the award guidelines for these funds are revised this year. Please review the following:

Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (VTPBiS)
Vermont has developed a state-wide system of training and support for implementing VTPBiS in schools. This system has been in existence since 2007 and continues to develop in response to the growing needs of implementing schools. Use this link to view general information about VTPBiS, documents pertinent to the state-wide implementation efforts, and a list of participating schools and related training sessions.

Accommodations & Instructional Strategies That Can Help Students
This document provides a listing of possible teaching accommodations that may benefit some students who may be having difficulty being successful in school. This list should only be used after considerable thought about the strengths and challenges of an individual student. Users are encouraged to develop their own accommodations beyond this list of suggestions.

English Language Learners in Vermont: Distinguishing Language Difference from Disability - A Resource Guide
Prepared by a broad coalition of interested groups and individuals, this document is intended to supplement the department's 1994 publication, Serving Students Learning English as a Second Language: A Guide for Vermont Educators, that addressed the provision of basic educational services to English Language Learners (ELLs). This new resource guide intends to improve services for ELLs by offering a wide range of information, analysis and resources designed to address significant issues that arise when educators and families realize that a student may need, in addition to ELL services, special education services.


Debora Price , ESS Consultant
(802) 479-1172

Bruce Smith, ESS Consultant
(802) 479-1487

Josh Souliere, ESS Consultant
(802) 479-1492

Page Last Updated on April 22, 2014