“Annual snapshot” tool aims to improve Vermont schools

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Thursday afternoon, the Vermont Agency of Education launched a new website to track how the state’s schools are doing from year to year. It’s called “Annual Snapshot” and is available to anyone who wants to learn more about Vermont’s schools.

“Vermont schools are doing very well, but we know there’s more work to do,” said Daniel French, Secretary of Education.


Each state is required to share data under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. French said while the previous No Child Left Behind Act looked at schools solely based on its test scores, the Annual Snapshot tool will be more comprehensive. 


“To really describe school performance, it requires a much broader set of data than narrowly focusing on achievement tests,” French said. “This system is merely a representation of what we’ve described as education quality standards.”


2,000 people made up of educators and Vermonters determined measures they felt were important. When you log-on to Snapshot, Vermont’s 300 public schools will be assessed in five areas: academic proficiency, personalization, safe healthy schools, high quality staffing, and investment priorities.


Data from 2017-2018 showed 15 schools in need of comprehensive support. The state will work with those districts to determine funding.


“To ensure the additional funding they’re receiving is focused on the areas represented in the data that shows what they need to work on,” French said.


He said the data shows Vermont must also work to close the equity gap, ensuring all students regardless of their background succeed. French hopes the information will be useful to educators going forward.


“Using the portal to make decisions around curriculum and instruction but also help school boards make decisions in investments,” French said.


The data from the 2018-2019 school year will be released in December. The Annual Snapshot is available here:  schoolsnapshot.vermont.gov

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