Year 6 Project Overview: Vermont Flexible Pathways

As part of Vermont’s Act 77, an act relating to encouraging flexible pathways to secondary school completion, LEAs have been identifying and developing ways that students can learn and demonstrate proficiency of the Education Quality Standards. The AoE would like to provide guidance and support to LEAs for helping students design pathways that take advantage of highly effective nontraditional learning opportunities that meet students’ learning needs and goals, such as work-based learning, early college, dual-enrollment, extended learning opportunities, and more. In particular, the AoE would like to advise districts on how to integrate diverse learning experiences as viable components 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.

By convening and facilitating an internal cross-functional work group, the NCC will support the AoE to identify and compile resources that LEAs can use to evaluate myriad learning opportunities for alignment with learning objectives and inclusion in the flexible pathways to secondary school completion. NCC will also help the 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 AoE, and in turn the LEAs, better understanding the components of strong practice for various learning opportunities and how to effectively incorporate these into flexible pathways as they work to operationalize Act 77 in their schools.

Progress to Date

  • A cross-functional task force was assembled and facilitated to draft several tools for LEA use
  • Tools and resources are being finalized and a communication plan is in development

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.

NCC will also facilitate a cross-functional team of AoE staff and assist them to draft several tools for LEA use.

Contact Person

For more information, contact Felicia Brown at fbrown@northeastcompcenter.org.

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