Published Online: January 3, 2006

Vermont's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 358
Public school teachers 8,749
Pre-K-12 students 99,103
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $1 billion
Minority students 4.1%
Children in poverty 12%
Students with disabilities 14.9%
English-language learners 2%

Summary of Grades

Vermont scores above average in only one of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state receives an average grade for standards and accountability. In this area, its poorest showing is in assessments, where it loses points for not having assessments aligned with its standards in science and social studies. But its grade receives a boost from its school accountability measures. The state sanctions and provides assistance to all of its low-performing schools.

Vermont scores below average in teacher quality, losing points for its lack of alternative-route programs for teachers and its weak policies related to teacher assessment. For example, the state does not require tests of subject-specific pedagogy for an initial teacher license or performance assessments for more advanced certification.

The state receives its only above-average grade in school climate. It fares well on measures related to school and class size, earning full credit in those areas. Vermont, however, is one of only 10 states without a charter school law, which costs it points for school choice and autonomy.

Vermont earned the second-lowest score in the nation in the area of resource equity. The state received a particularly poor score on the coefficient-of-variation indicator. This signals wide disparities in per-pupil funding across school districts in the state.

State Policy Report Card
Vermont Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability B- B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality C- C+
School climate B- C+
Resource equity F C
Overall Grade C C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 33.75 40
Assessment 21.14 30
School accountability 27 30
82 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 30.63 35
Teacher assessment 19.5 30
Professional support and training 12.05 20
Accountability for teacher quality 7.5 15
70 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 12 15
School safety 15.92 20
Parent involvement 12.6 15
Choice and autonomy 12.5 20
Class size 10 10
School size 9.5 10
School facilities 7.5 10
80 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 26 33.3
McLoone Index 16.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 16.67 33.3
59 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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