State Board of Education

Education Quality Standards (Rule 2000)

State Board Rule 2000, School Quality Standards, was put in place following the passage of Act 60 in 1997, to ensure "all Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality…" (V.S.A. Title 16, § 165).

In 2012 and 2013, the Board re-examined these rules, assisted by a commission of education practitioners, business leaders and administrators called the Education Quality Standards Commission.

In June 2013, the Board accepted the Education Quality Standards Commission Recommendations, and voted to initiate the administrative rulemaking process. The Board held a series of public hearings across the state and collected over 200 pages of public comments relating to the Rule. At the December 2013 Board meeting, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed rule Education Quality Standards. As part of the administrative rulemaking process, the rules went before the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, and were approved by the Secretary of State's Office. The rules officially went into effect on April 5, 2014

Rule 2000: Education Quality Standards

This file is the final version of the rule that was adopted on April 5, 2014.

Introduction to the Education Quality Standards

This document introduces the reader to the Education Quality Standards, and includes a closer examination of each section.

Education Quality Standards, Annotated

This document includes annotations throughout, to communicate guidance statements from the Agency to the field.


Jill Remick, Director of Communications and Legislative Affairs, at or (802) 479-1177

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