State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Vermont

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1121
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5, LEA may require students admitted to kindergarten to attain the age of 5 on or before August 31 and January 1. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 1073
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 821
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2 hours per day or 10 hours per week for kindergarten. 4 hours per day or 20 hours per week for grades 1 and 2. 5.5 hours per day or 27.5 hours per week for grades 3-8. Vermont State Board of Education Manual of Rules and Practices 2311
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Early childhood teachers must understand content knowledge in academic disciplines including language arts and literacy. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13:5440-36
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Early childhood teachers must understand content knowledge in academic disciplines including mathematics. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13:5440-36
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Deevelopment Endorsement, birth through grade 3. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13:5440-36
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Third grade students are assessed on reading proficiency. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 164
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The results inform decisions on instruction, professional learning, and educational resources and curriculum. The results must be shared with students and parents. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 2:2123.2
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Interventions are available to students in fourth grade whose reading proficiency falls below third grade reading expectations. Schools must provide supplemental instruction and support and information for parents and legal guardians. Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 2903
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention not required (the cited statute appears to suggest that students who fall behind in third grade receive supplemental instruction in 4th grade instead of being retained). Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 16, § 2903
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social-emotional development is emphasized in the endorsement requirements for early childhood education. "Knows of and has the ability to support social-emotional and behavioral development leading to successful peer and adult relationships, self-regulation, and self-awareness." 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13

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