Alternate Assessments

Alternate Assessments

All publicly funded students with significant disabilities (SWSD) enrolled in grades 3 through 9 are required to participate in a statewide assessment for reading and math. All publicly funded students in grades 5, 8, and 11 are assessed in science. Students who cannot participate in the general assessment with accommodations may be eligible to take an alternate assessment.

Vermont Alternate Assessment Student Eligibility Criteria

The Vermont Alternate Assessment Student Eligibility Criteria document will assist special educators and IEP teams in determining a student’s eligibility to assess using an alternate assessment. Because this is a very small percentage of the population, most students who qualify will take the alternate assessment in all three content areas: English Language Arts, Math, and Science.

The Vermont Agency of Education is currently working to implement a computer adaptive assessment starting in the spring of 2018-19. In order to prepare for this assessment, please ensure your instruction is based on the Essential Elements in English/Language Arts, Math, and Vermont’s Next Generation Science Standards.


Email Chris Kane, Alternate Assessment Coordinator, or call (802) 828-5388.

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