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State Systemic Improvement Plan

The State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) is part of the State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (APR) and a requirement for all states and territories receiving federal funds for IDEA programs. It includes comprehensive, ambitious, achievable, multi-year plan for improving results for children with disabilities with stakeholder involvement in all phases.

SSIP - What is it? (Video)

Phase I (2015) of this plan was time to gather and analyze data to determine an area where the state would focus improving education for students with disabilities.  During this time the following State Identified Measurable Result (SiMR) was determined: 

To improve proficiency of math performance for students identified as having an emotional disturbance in grades 3, 4, and 5.

Phase II (2016) of this plan was to create an infrastructure at the state level to implement the plan and to create an evaluation plan to show if and how progress would be monitored.

Phase III (2017-2020) was all about implementing the plan and evaluating how it was doing. Years I-IV are about ongoing evaluation of and revisions to the plan and the SiMR.

Progress on this plan is reported on yearly to the Federal Government, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). 

This page is dedicated to the work of the SSIP; resources for SSIP schools and districts, data for all stakeholders to see, for reporting activities and successes.

SSIP Resources:

Mathematics: As part of the Vermont Agency of Education’s commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective K-12 mathematics instructional programs, this site provides teachers, administrators, expanded learning providers, higher education faculty, parents and community members with a broad range of resources. 

Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM) has created a collection of resources including Tech Tools and also No Tech options to assist educators with remote learning.

Vermont PBS: Weekly thematic bundles by content area and grade level, with specific episodes of high-quality digital programming.

Data-Based Individualization: Many students who require intensive intervention also are students with disabilities. Thus, when used school-wide, data-based individualization (DBI) can help school teams design and implement a prereferral process and high-quality special education services.

Progress Monitoring: The PROGRESS Center provides information, resources, and support for local educators and leaders responsible for the development and implementation of high-quality educational programming for students with disabilities that ensures access to free appropriate public education (FAPE) and progress toward appropriately ambitious goals.

Progress Monitoring in Mathematics: This resource introduces users to progress monitoring in mathematics, a type of formative assessment in which student learning is evaluated to provide useful feedback about performance to both learners and teachers.

High-Quality Present Levels of Academic and Functional Performance Statements: Make sure that all of the student’s educational needs identified in the evaluation stage are included in the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance section of the IEP. One of the fundamental components of an IEP, a present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) statement summarizes the student’s current levels of functioning.

Math Assessment Tools for Educators: All Learners Network, offers assessments, math worksheets, and tools to help educators teach math and support all students.

This selection of free/paid services are provided simply as information, not as an endorsement of any platform, or resource.

Master Math: Has self-paced virtual courses for 6th – 8th grade Math and Alg. 1. The courses have video tutorials as well as practice problems and online assessments.

Math Planet: Has self-paced virtual courses for pre-Alg., Alg. 1, Alg. 2, Geometry. However, the site does not provide practice problems or assessments.

Engage NY: Provides curriculum for PreK – HS and includes printable assessments.

Georgia Virtual Learning: Content has performance tasks that can be searched by course and concept.

Khan Academy offers both standalone resources and full online courses for a variety of different content areas, including Math (PreK-12), Science (9-12), Computing (9-12), Arts and Humanities (9-12), Social and Emotional Learning, and ELA (PreK-9).

If you would like to be involved with the State Systemic Improvement Plan, please contact Abigale Stannard, SSIP coordinator.

Previous year SSIP Reports.

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