Great Public Schools Criteria for Vermont
Great Public Schools Criteria refers to the seven elements needed for closing the achievement gaps and raising achievement for all students. The seven elements are: (1) readiness to learn, (2) high expectations, (3) quality conditions, (4) qualified staff, (5) accountability, (6) parental involvement, and (7) funding.
Read more below about the Great Public Schools Criteria in Vermont.
Readiness to Learn
- State Policy: A definition of the minimum number of hours for full-day kindergarten is not specified in Vermont state statutes. Districts are not required to offer full-day kindergarten and children are not required to attend. Vermont provides the same level of funding for grades K-12.
- Definition, District Offering and Pupil Attendance: Vermont defines kindergarten as 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week.
(Education Commission of the States [ECS] Kindergarten Database, 2007)
Started in 1987, Vermont's Early Education Initiative (EEI) provides grants to increase the accessibility of preschool programs in the state’s communities. In 1987, the legislature established the program in response to concern that some children were "falling between cracks" and not ready for kindergarten. The goal was to ensure kindergarten readiness for children and to increase parent involvement. (ECS) Public school, Parent-Child Centers, private child care programs, and Head Start agencies receive direct funding from the state. Collaborative planning is an EII requirement, and state Prekindergarten funds must be coordinated with other resources and programs. The Vermont Early Learning Standards have recently become a curricular requirement for EEI programs, and professional development programs for Pre-K and kindergarten teachers have been aligned with those standards. (NIEER)
Even Start Family Literacy. The Even Start Family Literacy program is a federally funded program model that integrates adult, parenting and early childhood education into a comprehensive family literacy program to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and low literacy. Even Start programs offer educational services primarily children from birth through age 7 and their parents. Families are selected for services based on their level of economic and educational needs. Even Start builds on existing high-quality adult, early education and parenting services to provide family-centered programming of sufficient duration and intensity to support high educational achievements and economic self sufficiency.
Essential Early Education (EEE). This statewide program coordinates early childhood special education services for children ages 3 through 5. Services are administered by local school districts in conjunction with local early childhood service providers to ensure inclusive educational environments.
School Safety. Vermont's anti-bullying statute requires Vermont's superintendent to develop a model school plan on student discipline that includes an intervention strategy for school staff to deal with bullying. Under this statute, schools are also required to collect data on the number of reported incidents of bullying and the number of incidents that have been verified, and to make such data available to the commissioner and to the public. In addition, on or before January 15, 2007, the commissioner of education shall report on the implementation of the anti-bullying provision (Vt. Stat. Ann. Tit 16, § 165) to the senate and house committees on education. The report shall include pertinent data such as incidences of bullying gathered by school districts. Vermont's comprehensive state anti-bullying policy includes the following components:
- Defines bullying (either statewide or local definition)
- Prohibits bullying by students
- Informs students and others of anti-bullying policy
- Enables students and parents to report bullying incidents
- Requires teachers and school staff to report bullying incidents
- Provides immunity to those reporting bullying incidents and protection from reprisal, retaliation or false accusation against victims, witnesses or others with information regarding a bullying incident
- Requires administrators to investigate reported incidents
- Encourages or requires bullying prevention education in schools.
Basis: VT. STAT. ANN. tit. 16, § 11, 165, 565, 1161a