Vermont launches online tool tracking school performance

June 21, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Education has launched an online tool to help track public school performance, with the goal of getting more information to schools and communities.

The “Annual Snapshot,” which officials refer to simply as Snapshot, went live late Thursday afternoon and shows data for measures of school performance for every public school in the state.

“The Snapshot will help communities understand how their schools are supporting achievement for all of their students,” said Education Secretary Daniel French. “The goal is to provide a new level of data to help schools improve and grow.”

The Snapshot will show a school’s current performance, improvement over the past year and success in achieving equitable education for all students, the agency said.

The data currently available is for the 2017-2018 school year. The results of more measurements will be added in the fall, and the 2018-19 data will be added in December.

The web portal cost about $1 million over two years, paid for with federal funds, an agency spokesman said.

The Snapshot showed that statewide, academic proficiency was met but was declining, the Times Argus reported . Overall, the state was not meeting the expectation for the equity index.

Libby Bonesteel, superintendent of the Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools district, was enthusiastic about the information the web portal would provide to better track and respond to academic and other needs.

“Snapshot, overall, once it’s completely filled in with all the information ... I think it’s going to be an excellent tool, not only for school districts but the community,” Bonesteel told the Times Argus.

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