Academic Achievement

Relative to other states, student performance in Vermont is very strong—the state ranks among the highest in the nation. Fifty-two percent of 4th graders are at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam, 10 percentage points above the national average.

Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students

Because the state does not have a large enough African-American or Hispanic student population to meet NAEP sampling requirements, Vermont did not receive a grade in this category. 

Return on Investment

Student achievement in Vermont is middling relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

Vermont posts above average marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Vermont earns a very high grade preparing its students for college and careers. The state’s high school graduation rate of 93% is the highest in the country.

21st Century Teacher Force

Vermont does a weak job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The Green Mountain State struggles to identify effective teachers and remove ineffective ones. 

Parental Options

Vermont does a very poor job providing parents with strong school choice options. The state is one of only eight in the country with no charter school law, and students have very few online learning options.

Data Quality

Vermont earns a below average grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data. It does not have a longitudinal data system, and stakeholders have limited access to relevant performance data.


Vermont receives a very poor grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. Students have limited access to high-quality digital learning options.

International Competitiveness

Vermont earns a very high grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy. Forty-two percent of students are proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard. Thirteen students out of 100 pass an AP STEM exam.

Fiscal Responsibility

Vermont receives very high marks on fiscal responsibility. Seventy percent of the state’s pension is funded, and its most recent contribution was more than 100%.