Vermont State Plan

The Vermont Agency of Education, in collaboration with roughly 2000 stakeholders statewide, has drafted a Vermont State Plan in response to the requirements of the Vermont Education Quality Standards and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The Plan primarily describes the state’s proposed system for local-level accountability and applications for ESSA-related federal funding, with an emphasis on supporting school and Supervisory Union and District continuous improvement efforts.

The proposed Plan was initially submitted to the US Department of Education (USED) for review on April 3, 2017.  A revised plan was submitted to USED on May 3, 2017, following an initial federal review for completion. USED has 120 days to respond to this revised submission; at that time, they will either accept the Plan as submitted, or a dialogue will begin between USED and the AOE about possible Plan revision.

State Plan Summary Documents

To support Vermont’s educators and the public in their understanding of the Vermont State Plan and its implications for local-level practice, the AOE has developed these one-page summaries of major Plan elements.  These resources can be used as a part of staff training, communications with School Board members and parents, or to help grasp State Plan content without having to read the full Plan document.

Some of these summary documents are more technical than others; the degree of complexity of the material in each document is listed below after that document’s description. 
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  • Vermont Education Accountability System:  A journey on how Vermont’s education accountability system has evolved from 2002 to present day.  Technical Complexity:  Low
  • ESSA Vermont State Plan: An overview of the goals and major components of the Plan.  Technical Complexity:  Medium
  • Putting The Pieces Together:  how the State Plan connects with other prominent Vermont education policies and initiatives, including  EQS and the continuous improvement planning process.  Technical Complexity:  Medium
  • Federal Accountability Within a State Plan: How Vermont’s accountability system fulfills federal requirements within a more comprehensive state framework.  Technical Complexity:  Low
  • Annual Snapshot:  Multiple Measures:  A list of Vermont’s accountability measures, including the academic measures that meet the requirements of ESSA.  Technical Complexity:  Medium
  • ESSA: All Measures: a more detailed description of Vermont’s accountability measures, including descriptions of successful performance against each measure.  Technical Complexity:  High
  • Long Term and Interim Goals:  How long-term and interim goals were identified, and how the approach to goal setting under ESSA differs from the NCLB approach.  Technical Complexity: Low
  • Weighting of Measures:  How the academic proficiency performance measures are weighted relative to each other to arrive at an overall rating.  Technical Complexity:  High
  • Annual Snapshot:  Report Card:  How school performance will be represented publicly, and what how schools and the public can interact with this information.  Technical Complexity:  Medium
  • Student Group N-Size:  The rationale behind Vermont’s identification of a minimum number of students needed to make accountability determinations about schools.  Technical Complexity:  High
  • Continuous Improvement Supports:  A general overview of the supports that Vermont schools will be eligible to receive, depending on their needs.  Technical Complexity:  Low

If you have any questions about the public comment process, please email Chris Case or call 802-479-1179; or email Patrick Halladay or call (802) 479-1712.

Contact Us

Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Rebecca Holcombe
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

(802) 479-1030 | aoe.edinfo@vermont.gov
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