Year 6 Project Overview: Vermont Flexible Pathways

As part of Vermont Act 77, which encourages flexible pathways to secondary school completion, Local Education Agencies (LEAs) have been identifying and developing ways that students can learn and demonstrate proficiency of the Education Quality Standards. The Vermont Agency of Education (VT AOE) would like to provide guidance and support to LEAs for helping students design pathways that take advantage of evidence-based non-traditional learning opportunities that meet students’ learning needs and goals. In particular, the VT AOE, in partnership with the NCC, will develop guidance for districts to ensure that all learning opportunities are rigorous, aligned to graduation proficiencies, and are accessible to all students. This guidance will include advice to districts on how to integrate work-based learning as a viable component of a student’s individualized pathway, addressing how and when students should receive credit for these opportunities, and how and by whom the learning should be supervised.

NCC will support the VT AOE to develop and collect tools, research, and exemplars that LEAs can use to evaluate work-based learning and other non-traditional learning opportunities for alignment with learning objectives, accordance with the ESSA-defined levels of evidence, and inclusion in the flexible pathways to secondary school completion. NCC will also help the VT AOE develop guidance around how supervision and licensure are operationalized at the LEA level to support the implementation of Act 77. This project will result in the VT AOE, and in turn the LEAs, better understanding the components of strong practice for various non-traditional learning opportunities and how to effectively incorporate these into flexible pathways as they work to operationalize Act 77 in their schools.

Progress to Date

  • Preliminary project plans were outlined in early December, and a task force is being developed to ensure quality, aligned resources are produced.

Research, Resources and Collaborations

NCC will help identify exemplars of personalized, proficiency-based learning opportunities aligned with the ESSA-defined levels of evidence and help the VT AOE to better understand best practices in evaluating, crediting, and supervising non-traditional learning opportunities from across the country.

Contact Person

For more information, contact Felicia Brown at

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