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.

The testing window for the Vermont Alternate Assessment for the 2017-18 school year is open and will close on June 15th. It is available on the link below.

2017-18 Alternate Assessment

For training on this year’s assessment please review the following webinar.

2018 Alternate Assessment Training Video

Webinar transcript and additional accessible information.

Transcript for the 2017-18 Alternate Assessment Webinar

2017-2018 Vermont Alternate Assessment Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions document will assist special educators case managers is completing the 2017-2018 Alternate Assessment. It contains the questions reviewed in the Office Hour session from May 10, 2018, as well as additional questions that have been submitted to the Agency of Education. This document will be updated if there are future additional items that arise.

2017-2018 Vermont Alternate Assessment FAQ

2017-2018 Vermont Alternative Assessment Work Samples

Grade 3 - Writing; Grade 5 - Division and Grade 7 - Add to 10

Alternate Assessment Resource Document

Please refer to Alternate Assessment Resource Document for alignment and guidance on examples of expected student learning, instruction and reporting under each academic domain in the 2018 Alternate Assessment.

These domains are based on the Essential Elements in English/Language Arts, Math, and Vermont’s Next Generation Science Standards.

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.


Email Chris Kane, Alternate Assessment Coordinator, or call (802) 479-1441.

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Secretary Daniel M. French
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Barre, VT 05641

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