When the Legislature passed Act
60, the Equal Educational Opportunity Act (EEO) in 1997, a provision of the law required
the State Board of Education to develop a system to evaluate the equalizing effects
of the state's new finance system and school quality standards.
in school year 2000 and every five years thereafter, or more often if requested by
the general assembly, the State Board shall report to the general assembly concerning
the results of this evaluation and recommendations for change if needed. (16 V.S.A.
By design, the EEOA was phased in over a four-year period, with the 2000-2001 school year marking the first full year of implementation. The 2001 report was the first EEOA evaluation required and laid the groundwork for the 2007 report. This report was delayed a year due to data quality issues.