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

The Rule

Rule 2000: Education Quality Standards
This file is the final version of the rule that was adopted on April 5, 2014.

Curriculum Content

Each supervisory union board shall ensure the written and delivered curriculum within their supervisory union is aligned with the standards approved by the State Board of Education. Each school shall enable students to engage annually in rigorous, relevant and comprehensive learning opportunities that allows them to demonstrate proficiency in:


Including critical thinking, language, reading, speaking and listening, and writing

Mathematical Content and Practices

Including numbers, operations, and the concepts of algebra and geometry by the end of grade 10

Scientific Inquiry and Content Knowledge

Including the concepts of life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences and engineering design

Global Citizenship

Including the concepts of civics, economics, geography, world language, cultural studies and history

Physical Education and Health Education

As defined in 16 V.S.A. §131

Artistic Expression

Including visual, media and performing arts

Transferable Skills

Including communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, inquiry, problem solving and the use of technology


Jill Remick at or (802) 479-1177

Page Last Updated on April 14, 2014