The Vermont State Plan
In response to ESSA, and to the 2014 adoption of Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS), the Agency of Education has drafted a Vermont State Plan describing how the requirements of EQS and ESSA will translate into state education practice. As a part of this work, the state was largely driven by the core tenets of EQS: personalization, proficiency, and a commitment to providing high quality, equitable learning opportunities for all of Vermont’s students.
As Vermont assembled a draft plan for public comment and federal review, it applied the following lenses to its proposed solutions, listed in order of importance:
EQUITY: proposed solutions should support equitable outcomes and learning opportunities for all of Vermont’s students.
ALIGNMENT: proposed solutions should align with the stated goals and values of state education policy wherever possible.
EFFICIENCY: proposed solutions should obtain useful results for the lowest possible cost of time and financial resources.
PRACTICALITY: proposed solutions should reflect the AOE and field’s capacity to support implementation, and should avoid creating unnecessary burdens and duplicative processes.