Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System
The Agency of Education coordinates the implementation and administration of all components of the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS), including the development of alternate assessments. The Agency also identifies, analyzes, and reports on outcomes and data measured by the CAS.
Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessments System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state's schools based on Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Next Generation Science Standards, CCSS Essential Elements and English Language Development Standards with the goal of improving teaching and learning.
The Strengthening and Streamlining Local Comprehensive Assessment Systems: Guidelines and Support for Leadership Teams provides guidelines and resources to help educators in supervisory unions and districts develop a streamlined balanced local comprehensive assessment system (LCAS) for all students. This document was produced following a thorough review of literature and current practices in the field of student assessment by Agency of Education staff as well as educators in the field. It provides a synthesis of research and current policy, including the MTSS field guide and Education Quality Standards.
Performance assessments play a vital role in a proficiency-based system. Performance assessment templates for content areas as well as an interdisciplinary template are available below.
Performance Assessments Templates
The National Center on Intensive Intervention at American Institutes for Research has created an Academic Screening Tools Chart that can be used to identify students at risk for poor academic outcomes, including students who require intensive intervention.
The Vermont Physical Education Assessment
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires states to develop a State Accountability Plan that employs a variety of school quality indicators. Vermont’s ESSA State Plan includes Physical Education as one of four academic content areas to be assessed. Additionally, in the Education Quality Standards, Vermont has articulated a commitment to education and evaluation that supports the whole child, knowing that healthier students perform better in every other aspect of school. FitnessGram and Brockport will be used to collect data and the results will support state and local educators in promoting healthy, active student lifestyles.
The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has adopted FitnessGram and Brockport will be used to collect data and the results will support state and local educators in promoting healthy, active student lifestyles.
The following documents provide introductory information about the assessment, timelines for implementation, and the respective roles of the AOE and field educators in facilitating this change.
- Vermont Physical Education Assessment Implementation Checklist
- Vermont Physical Education Assessment Educator Certification Process
- Physical Education Assessment FAQ
The Vermont Physical Education Assessment Supervisory Union or District certification process requires physical educators to complete a four-part training series as well as FitnessGram 101, which is embedded as a resource in the FitnessGram software.
The following webinars are results of the Vermont Physical Education Assessment Training Series:
- Part I: Introduction to the Vermont PE Assessment
- Part II: PE Assessment Protocol Training
- Part III: PE Assessment Companion Training (Brockport Fitness Test)
- Part IV: FitnessGram Online Software
This spreadsheet is used to record Vermont Physical Education Assessment performance for students who are using the Brockport assessment or who are unable to participate.
Vermont takes a holistic approach to measuring school performance, and values measures besides standardized test performance. This includes school climate, which is linked to “attendance, achievement, retention, and even rates of graduation.” The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) has adopted the US Department of Education's school climate survey, which we're calling the Vermont School Climate survey (VTCLIM, vee-tee-climb). The VTCLIM will collect school climate data that informs statewide and local-level continuous improvement efforts. Finally, the VTCLIM represents an unprecedented opportunity for student voices to make themselves heard at the state level in Vermont.
For more information, or to answer any quesitons, please contact Sarah Birgé, School Climate Survey Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Hock, State Assessment Director, (802) 479-1288
Pat Fitzsimmons, Local Comprehensive Assessment Systems, (802) 479-1425