State Board Rule 2000, School Quality Standards, was put in place following the passage of Act 60 in 1997, to ensure "all Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality…" 16 V.S.A. § 165.
In 2012 and 2013, the Board re-examined these rules, assisted by a commission of education practitioners, business leaders and administrators called the Education Quality Standards (EQS) Commission.
In June 2013, the Board accepted the Education Quality Standards Commission Recommendations, and voted to initiate the administrative rulemaking process. The Board held a series of public hearings across the state and collected over 200 pages of public comments relating to the Rule. At the December 2013 Board meeting, the State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed rule Education Quality Standards. As part of the administrative rulemaking process, the rules went before the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules, and were approved by the Secretary of State's Office. The rules officially went into effect on April 5, 2014.
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