All publicly funded students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 in Vermont schools must take state assessments. Most students take the general statewide assessments with no accommodations. A small percentage of students take the general assessment using approved accommodations when necessary. An even smaller number of students (approximately 500) take an alternate assessment. The alternate assessment allows students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSD) to show their knowledge and skills on academic content. Their performance scores are included in school accountability.
Vermont is moving to a new set of statewide assessments, including new alternate assessments. Vermont has joined with the Dynamic Learning Maps consortium (DLM) to develop a comprehensive instructional and testing system for SWSD in Language Arts and Math. Vermont also plans to join with other states to develop a new alternate science assessment aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. In the meantime, students participating in the alternate assessment will continue to complete the Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio (VTAAP).
Email Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, or call (802) 479-1309.