Despite lacking a vision statement, Vermont established long-term goals that are set to a nine-year time frame.
By 2025, Vermont wants its schools to have an average scale score that is at the midpoint of the proficiency range for each grade level they serve for both English language arts and mathematics. The goal applies to all subgroups of students in both subjects, but the midpoint of the proficiency range may not be an ambitious target for all groups of students.
The state’s plan lacks targets for students meeting grade-level standards.
ESSA allows states to use other measures of achievement in their accountability system, and Vermont can certainly add other goals if it chooses, but ESSA specifically requires states to set proficiency goals.
Vermont’s graduation goal is not very ambitious.
Vermont’s graduation goal is for 100 percent of schools to have 90 percent of their students graduate within four years and 100 percent of students within six years. The four-year graduation goal is not very ambitious because the state’s current four-year graduation rate is close to 88 percent. Vermont’s use of an additional six-year graduation rate should help drive improvements for students who may take longer than four years to graduate.