Literacy education in Vermont centers on the Grade Level Expectations (GLE), which are anchored to the Communication Standards in the Vermont Framework of Standards & Learning Opportunities. The domains of literacy addressed by these documents include Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. Assessment of student understanding of these domains is accomplished through statewide assessment, as well as continuation of ongoing local and classroom assessments. Professional development through the Vermont Professional Development Networks in Literacy guides teachers in establishing connections between the Literacy Grade Level Expectations, effective instructional practices, and these assessment strategies. Additional professional development is available through the Vermont Strategic Reading Initiative, and through its publications, including Reading to Learn.
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NECAP Assessment Results
The NECAP reading, writing, mathematics and science tests measure students’ academic knowledge and skills relative to Grade Expectations which were developed by teams of teachers from Vermont, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. View the most recent data reports.
Use this link for information and links to practices tests, released test items, manuals and workshop materials for reading, writing, mathematics and science, as well as other resources such as tip sheets, hundreds tables, multiplication charts, scoring guides, alignment charts, target documents, test taking strategies, unifying themes, etc.
Common Core State Standards Implementation Plan and Information
This document provides an informational presentation that communicates current understanding of the Common Core and outlines first steps and considerations in implementing the Common Core in Vermont. In addition to the presentation, this document also includes a transition timeline, and an implementation plan that has been used to orient the Common Core Policy Group, the Common Core Implementation Committee, and the Vermont Professional Development Network (VPDN) leaders to their roles in the implementation plan.
Common Core Standards for Mathematics & English Language Arts FAQ
The agency has been receiving many questions about the newly finalized Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These questions have been compiled into a FAQ document with the information that is known at this time. This update provides a new timeline for the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and additional information about the impact of the CCSS on curriculum and our current assessments. Additions are highlighted in "purple".
Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC) Facilitator Toolkit
The SEC are practical, efficient tools for obtaining classroom data about math, science or literacy teaching. Online surveys completed by teachers produce visual maps of instruction that can be compared to the Vermont Grade Expectations. The surveys can also provide instructional data to investigate in relation to NECAP results. The following materials are provided to help facilitators develop understanding of the Survey content, levels of cognitive complexity, and data analysis:
- Instructions for Viewing Data
Step-by-step instructions for viewing instructional practice charts, instructional content charts, standards and assessments, and teacher data.
- Survey "How To" Guide
View instructions for registering, returning to an incomplete survey, participating in another content area survey, taking a post-SEC survey, what to do if you forget your user name and password.
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP): Vermont Performance Results in Reading
View Vermont’s performance on the most recent administrations of NAEP, including national results, Vermont state results, comparisons to other states’ and past years’ performance and results for subgroups of students.
Professional Development “Study Groups” Help Resolve School Dilemmas
The National Writing Project in Vermont has fostered the development of educator study groups in several Vermont schools, and will help with protocols and start-up, bringing teachers together to focus on best practice. Use the link above for more information.