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.

Survey on Educational Support Services / Multi-Tiered System of Supports

Act 117 - VSA Title 16, Section 2904, requires that each district annually provide the Vermont Secretary of Education with a description of the Educational Support System (ESS), services and supports, how it is funded, and how building the capacity of the ESS is addressed in the School Action Plan.

FY16 BEST (Act 230) Grant Application
Rebecca Holcombe, Secretary of Education, has designated implementation of evidence based practices that support school climate and student proficiency within Vermont’s Multi-Tiered System of Supports, including Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports for the 2015-2016 SY.  Each Vermont Supervisory Union/Supervisory District is eligible to receive $6,500 through the application process.

Additionally, Supervisory Unions/Supervisory Districts may apply for an Innovation Grant for the 2015-2016 SY to research and implement innovative systemic changes leading to improved student outcomes. Grant requests must be directly related to the Education Quality Standards. Applicants may apply for an Innovation Grant of up to $20,000. The application must be submitted by October 15, 2015. Grant applications will be reviewed by Agency of Education reviewers and any award amount will be determined by the reviewers. The grant may be approved in full, in part, or not approved.  Grant applications will be available in the Grantium. Following are links to FY16 BEST/Act 230 Grant Application documents:

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.


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