With the passage of Act 98 of 2012, the Vermont Department of Education became the Agency of Education and the Commissioner of Education became the Secretary. In light of that, the State Board of Education interprets the terms "commissioner" and "department" in the State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices to mean "secretary" and "agency" until such time as the language in the Rules is updated through a formal rulemaking process.

State Board of Education

State Board Rules & Practices


Due to the size of the State Board of Education's Manual of Rules and Practices, the Vermont Agency of Education has divided the rules manual into sections that are more manageable for downloading as PDF files. The rules are also available as a single download (2.71MB).

Table of Contents (Listed by Rules Series Number)

The following table of contents lists the rules in order by series number: "Title" links below will launch the *PDF download for a series or group of series files. To view a list of topics covered in a particular series, go to the full table of contents. NOTE: The rules are also available as a single download.





  Table of Contents


  State Dept. of Education; State Board of Education


  Education Quality Standards


  Governor's Diploma (Repealed 8/04)


  Educational Support System 


  Grant Applications for Inservice Training Funds


  Independent School Program Approval **


  Approval of Distance Learning Schools


  Post-secondary Schools


  Private Kindergarten Approval


  Length of School Day and Year; Vermont Secondary Equivalency Program (GED); Driver Education



Special Education **NOTE: A Special Education Guide (containing special education rule 2360 and other pertinent State Board of Education rules related to special education) is available at the bottom of the page. The Guide also contains a table of contents and an index for reference purposes.


  Vocational-Technical Education


  Adult Education


  School Accountability System Based on Student Achievement
  Prekindergarten Education


  School District Organization


  Unsafe School Choice Option Policy


  Student Safety
  Disciplinary Action


  Home Study Students **


  Use of Restraint & Seclusion in Schools State Board Rule 4500, The Use of Restraint and Seclusion in Vermont Schools, went into effect on August 15, 2011. Schools will have until September 30, 2011 to meet the training requirements of this new rule. The Vermont Agency of Education is currently creating a list of recommended training programs as well as sample report forms for meeting the reporting requirements in the rule.


  Licensing Regulations
The regulations governing the licensing of educators and the preparation of education professionals (Sections 5100-5900) are no longer part of the State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices. These rules now are under the purview of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE). NOTE: When this change occurred, Rule 5436 Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists, was not included. Use the link above to view the revised document reflecting the inclusion of section 5436.



Supplement A: Licensing Endorsements
This document contains authorization descriptions and competency requirements associated with specific endorsements. NOTE: These authorizations now are under the purview of of the Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE).




School Buildings and Sites
NOTE: This rule series has been updated to include the new rules required by 23 V.S.A. ยง1282(f) for School Bus Idling. The bus idling rules are 6001-6005 and are effective as of May 1, 2008.


  Relationship with Public, Other Agencies, and Institutions


  School Lunch Programs


  Public Bids


  Net Cost Per Pupil


  Coordination of Services to Children & Adolescents With a Severe Emotional Disturbance
    Complete Manual of Rules and Practices
This version contains all the current rules and practices; this document is 2.71MB.

Public Comment Opportunities


There are no current public comment opportunities. View a brief description of the rule making process.


Additional Information (**)


Additional information about the topics listed below is available in guides that include the basic State Board Rules related to the topic as well as other relevant rules and information:

  • Special Education Guide
    Vermont's special education regulations and other pertinent regulations related to special education are contained in various sections of the Vermont State Board Manual of Rules and Practices. This guide brings all references to special education related rules together in a single document.

  • Independent Schools Guide
    This guide brings all references to independent (private) school-related statutes and State Board of Education rules, together in a single document, in addition to required application forms.



Maureen Gaidys at maureen.gaidys@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1060

Page Last Updated on October 5, 2015