Year 6 Project Overview: Vermont Evaluating LEA Targeted Assistance Plans

The Vermont Agency of Education (VT AOE) is responsible for evaluating the plans that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) submit regarding how they will spend federal funds. The VT AOE wants to identify and implement a streamlined process and criteria to evaluate these plans to determine what programs, practices, or strategies are likely to yield the greatest return on investment in relation to the LEAs’ and state’s improvement priorities. This application evaluation process will be tied closely to the redesign of the grant management system and the implementation of the state’s ESSA plan.

With NCC’s assistance, the VT AOE will generate guidance materials and internal processes to ensure that investments of federal dollars are being spent on the most effective, highest leverage interventions for vulnerable students. The codified process will ultimately help the VT AOE to make well-informed, evidence- and research-based decisions around the acceptance or denial of LEA plans, and increase VT AOE’s capacity to provide effective technical assistance to LEAs to help them best leverage their investments for reaching their goals.

Progress to Date

  • Preliminary project planning took place in early December

Research, Resources and Collaborations

NCC will support VT AOE in developing criteria and processes for evaluating LEA investment plans, disseminating information to the field to ensure the criteria are understood, and providing technical assistance to ensure effective response and action by LEAs.

Contact Person

For more information, contact Felicia Brown at

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