This program coordinates the implementation and administration of all components of the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS), including the development of alternate assessments, assessments that have been modified to accommodate the specific testing needs of students who have disabilities. The team also identifies, analyzes, and reports on outcomes and data measured by the CAS.
Established by the State Board of Education in 1996, the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment System (CAS) evaluates student performance in the state’s schools, based on Vermont’s Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, with the goal of improving teaching and learning. Statewide assessments include:
- The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) mathematics, reading and writing assessments are administered in grades 3-8 and 11 each October.
- The NECAP science assessment is administered to all students in grades 4, 8 and 11 each year in May.
Schools also assess student performance in additional subject areas and at additional grade levels using portfolios (collections of student work), norm-referenced standardized tests, and locally developed assessments.
Links to currently available information
Assessment Data Results InformationView links to various student, school, supervisory unions/districts, state, and national assessment results information (e.g., NECAP, NSRE, VT-DRA, VT-PASS, SAT, AP and the Nation's Report Card).
New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) Information Learn about Vermont’s new grade 3 through 8 state assessments in reading, mathematics and writing, which became fully operational in fall 2005. The NECAP Web page provides links to a variety of documents about the new tests, including test administration manuals and training materials.
Grade Expectations for Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities This series of documents provides grade level expectations in mathematics, reading and writing and grade cluster expectations for other contents areas. Grade level expectations are more specific statements of the Vermont standards that form the basis for the New England Common Assessment Program in mathematics and reading grades 3 through 8 and writing in grades 5 and 8. Grade cluster expectations provide guidance for local assessment. Links to GE materials may also be accessed on the individual curriculum content pages.
Alternate Assessment ResourcesInformation and resources specific to alternate assessment forms, assessment options and lifeskills portfolios may be found on the Alternate Assessment Web page.
Other date resources:
- Student Performance Data Web Site As of January 18, 2007, the graphing Web site is no longer available due to server problems. School assessment data are available on the Web site in individual reports and in the Vermont School Report. School-by-school comparison data are available in the school summary reports. Use the links below to access:
- Student Performance Results on State Alternate Assessments Reported by Subgroups The No Child Left Behind Act requires Vermont to report alternate assessment student performance annually by subcategories, including gender; major racial/ethnic categories; students with disabilities; economically disadvantaged students; students with limited English proficiency; and migrant students. Reported results are for alternate assessment, valid tests and are only publicly reported when there are more than 10 students in the group. Alternate assessments are Lifeskills, Stanford Diagnostic, and Out-of-level New Standards Reference Exams (NSREs).
- Vermont School Report View assessment results and school and demographic data.
- Vermont-PASS Find information about the Vermont-PASS (science assessment) and other assessments on the Vermont Institutes Web site.
- National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) Use this link to learn more about the NAEP on their Web site.
Standards & Assessment Team Contact List View names, responsibilities, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.
No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) Resources:
- U.S. Department of Education's NCLBA Web site
- Vermont Department of Education View information related to the department's NCLBA) activities.
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