School Choice Score: 62%
Similar to Maine’s town-tuitioning program, small towns in Vermont that do not have high schools may send students to schools in other towns at the home district’s expense. A student may also go to a private school, in which case the student receives a voucher to be applied toward tuition charges. The state permits parents some choices among traditional public schools, but the opportunities and rules often vary by district.
Online Learning Score: 0%
Ensuring all students are able to enroll in both supplemental courses and full-time online would improve online learning in Vermont.
- Source: Digital Learning Now!
Teacher Quality Score: 62%
A state task force has created guidelines of evaluations including using student growth measures, but implementation is not mandatory. Neither tenure decisions nor licensure advancement and renewal are based on teacher effectiveness. Tenure is given after a two-year probationary period. Ineffective performance is not grounds for dismissal. Vermont’s state code does not specifically mention automatic pay raises based on advanced degrees, or whether states can implement performance pay.