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Agency of Education Rules

The Agency of Education promulgates rules in accordance with Vermont statute and direction from Vermont’s General Assembly. Rules help Vermont school systems follow the law and ensure quality and equity is maintained for all Vermont learners.

Series 100 - District Quality Standards

The purpose of the District Quality Standards (DQS) rules is to improve school district quality as a means to support the State’s goal, set forth in 16 V.S.A. § 165(a), “that all Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality.”

The State has ultimate responsibility for ensuring all students receive substantially equal access to a quality education. This responsibility originates from the Vermont Constitution. To fulfill its responsibility, the State delegates considerable authority to school districts, supervisory unions (SU/SDs) and superintendents. Therefore, the State has an obligation to provide public assurance that its delegated authority is being implemented in a manner that will likely achieve its responsibility.

The standards provided in these rules describe the core elements of a quality education delivery system. They also describe the role of the Agency of Education in providing the necessary support and oversight to attain those standards, so all students receive substantially equal access to a quality education. 

Draft Rules

There are no draft rules pending at this time.