|Public school teachers||8,749|
|Annual pre-K-12 expenditures||$1 billion|
|Children in poverty||12%|
|Students with disabilities||14.9%|
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|
|Quality Counts Grading Breakdown|
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.
Grading Curve A (93-100), A- (90-92), B+ (87-89), B (83-86), B- (80-82), C+ (77-79), C (73-76), C- (70-72), D+ (67-69), D (63-66), D- (60-62), F (0-59)