As outlined in the Education Quality Standards, 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 English Language Arts (Literacy), Mathematics, Science, Global Citizenship, Physical Education, Health Education, Artistic Expression, and Transferable Skills.
Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities
The Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, which were created in conjunction with grade expectations to improve student learning, have been mostly phased out. Over time, Vermont has adopted a variety of new standards including Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards and other national standards. New standards can be found under the individual content areas, listed to the left. The remaining Grade Expectations that are still relevant are listed below:
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed in collaboration with our education partners to establish clear goals for learning that will prepare children for college and the workforce. The standards represent an aspirational document, which is our best current description of what we want our students to learn and be able to do in English language arts and mathematics.
The standards are not curricula. Local districts and teachers have authority over how to help students meet these standards. We help on the expertise and professional judgment of educators to figure out how to personalize instruction to achieve these goals.
Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide
As a result of the adoption of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards and the development of new assessments to measure student achievement of those standards, the Agency of Education has worked with an internal and external group to develop a Standards and Assessment Implementation Guide. The guide provides information on the implementation of Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment and Dynamic Learning Maps.
CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey
The CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey was distributed to Vermont educational leaders in March of 2015 in order to find out where school systems are along a continuum of implementation of CCSS and to determine what supports are still needed. Members of the Implementing Standards & Assessment Advisory Council; Mathematics, Science, and English Language Arts Content Coordinators; and School Effectiveness Coordinators reviewed and discussed the CCSS Implementation & Capacity Survey Data. This information was used to inform decisions about professional learning opportunities for the school year 2015-2016.
CCSS Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Common Core and why did Vermont adopt it?
- What do parents need to know about the CCSS?
- What do administrators need to know about the CCSS?
- What do special educators need to know about the CCSS?
- What do community members need to know about the CCSS?
- Common Core Facts & Myths
The focus of the 2016-2017 MSP grant competition is mathematics. The project that is awarded the K-12 Leadership in Mathematics grant will focus on the development of a cadre of highly competent math teacher leaders as well as the development of a course for teachers of special populations. One grant for up to $300,000 will be awarded to a partnership that includes educators from high-need schools and higher education STEM faculty. For more information, contact Pat Fitzsimmons, MSP Coordinator, (802) 479-1425.
The goals of the Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant Program (MSP) are:
- To increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers;
- To build statewide capacity for professional development of K-12 staff by establishing networks of highly skilled teacher leaders in mathematics and science; and
- To develop partnerships among K-12 educators, STEM faculty, and higher education personnel. Funds from the MSP are currently being used to support high-quality professional development programs in Vermont.