Any narrowing of the test performance gap between students on opposite ends of the income spectrum was because wealthier students fell back, according to the education secretary.
VTDigger has created visualizations of aggregated testing data by grade, by school and by county so that readers can see how students performed on the statewide tests in 2016.
Agency of Education data shows uneven student performance across schools, and reveals that low-income and special education students are still underserved.
Although Vermonters held their own in statewide scores compared with students elsewhere, low-income children didn’t meet the state average for proficiency in any subject or grade tested.
The State Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to not use the SBAC scores for the 2014-15 school year for the purpose of annual school evaluation determinations.
The Vermont Department of Education actually urges teachers to use these Smarter Balanced items “to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.”