Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills connected to state standards that, when supplemented with any additional locally-developed requirements, have been determined to qualify a student for earning a high school diploma. Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS) require that schools’ graduation requirements be rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. This requirement will take effect in Vermont beginning with the graduating class of 2020.
The AOE, in collaboration with Vermont educators and staff from Maine’s Great Schools Partnership, have developed a body of resources for schools, supervisory unions, and districts to use as they develop and implement PBGRs. These resources can be found by using the links above. They include sample sets of graduation proficiencies that are specific to academic content areas (e.g. Math, English, Science), and sample graduation proficiencies for transferable skills that cross content areas (e.g. effective communication, creative and practical problem-solving). These resources also include additional supplemental guidance, including AOE interpretations of guiding state policy.