Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements

Proficiency-Based Graduation Requirements (PBGRs) are the locally-delineated set of content knowledge and skills connected to state standards that, when supplemented with any additional locally-developed requirements, have been determined to qualify a student for earning a high school diploma. Vermont’s Education Quality Standards (EQS) require that schools’ graduation requirements be rooted in demonstrations of student proficiency, as opposed to time spent in classrooms. This requirement will take effect in Vermont beginning with the graduating class of 2020.

The AOE, in collaboration with Vermont educators and staff from Great Schools Partnership, have developed a body of resources for schools, supervisory unions, and districts to use as they develop and implement PBGRs. These include sample sets of graduation proficiencies that are specific to academic content areas (e.g., Math, English, Science), and sample graduation proficiencies for transferable skills that cross content areas (e.g., effective communication, creative and practical problem-solving).

Sample Graduation Proficiencies and Performance Indicators

The sample graduation proficiencies are examples of a rigorous proficiency-based graduation framework that meets Education Quality Standards requirements.

Content Areas

Transferable Skills

The transferable skills identified in the Education Quality Standards can be organized in different ways. In the first document, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, and Use of Technology are woven throughout the Performance Indicators. Using this model, students would need to have opportunities to demonstrate acquisition of those skills as a part of attaining their Transferable Skills Graduation Proficiencies. The Transferable Skills in the second document are the specific skills identified in EQS.

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