College and Career Ready Definitions

“‘College and Career Readiness’ means the student’s ability to enter the workforce or pursue postsecondary education or training without the need for remediation. The student must possess the foundational skills and learning strategies necessary to begin studies in a career pathway in order to be considered college and career ready.”


Vermont State Board of Education. (2014). Education quality standards: State board rule 2000. Barre, VT: Author. Retrieved from

Accountability Metrics
  • Student achievement status on state tests
  • Four-year graduation rate
  • Additional graduation rates (five or more years
Source: Center for American Progress. (2016). Explore the Data for ‘Making the Grade’. Retrieved from
College and Career Ready Reporting Metrics
Report Card1
Vermont Agency of Education Data and Reports2
SAT/PSAT participation rate and scores2
AP participation rate and scores2
NAEP scores2
Truancy rate1,2
Promotion rate1,2
Dropout rate1,2
Postsecondary enrollment rate2
1. State of Vermont. (n.d.). Report card. Retrieved from
2. Vermont Agency of Education. (2015). Vermont Agency of Education data and reports. Retrieved from
Dual Enrollment and Early College High School

Dual Enrollment and Articulation

Vermont state policy allows students to earn dual credit for academic or CTE postsecondary courses taken at their high school, a postsecondary institution, or virtually. It is unclear whether public postsecondary institutions in the state are required to accept dual-enrollment credits (ECS, 2015).

Early College High School

Vermont is not participating in the Early College High School Initiative (ECHSI). More information about schools participating in ECHSI is available at the ECHSI website (Jobs for the Future, n.d.).


Education Commission of the States. (2015). Dual enrollment – all state profiles. Retrieved from

Jobs for the Future. (n.d.). Schools. Retrieved from

Career Pathways

Vermont has adopted the National Career Clusters Framework and has modified the 16 Career Clusters to create seven industry- sector Career Clusters. These seven Career Clusters are based on state workforce needs.

The modified Career Clusters include:

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts and Communications
  • Business Systems
  • Engineering and Technical Systems
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Services

Vermont maintains programs of study in the following Career Cluster areas:

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics


National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Vermont [Interactive map of state CTE profiles]. Retrieved from

Career Exploration and Career Plans

The Vermont Personal Learning Plan (PLP), part of the 'School to Work' Program, is intended to help focus [students’] education and shape their learning so they see the connection to their future interests. Vermont's PLP is in use, mandate pending. It includes all students in Grades 9–12.


U.S. Department of Labor. (2013). Individualized learning plans across the U.S. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from

Alignment Between High School Graduation and State College Admission Requirements


High School and College Alignment


High School Graduation Requirements

College Admission Requirements

English Credits:



Mathematics Credits:


3.0 (including Algebra I, geometry, and Algebra II)

Social Studies Credits:

3.0 (including U.S. history and government)


Science Credits:


2.0 (including one course with laboratory experience)

Foreign Language Credits:

None specified (N/S)

2.0 (in same language)

Arts Credits:



Additional Credits:

1.5 (including physical education)


Total Credits:





Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or ACT®


Vermont State Board of Education

University of Vermont




Early Warning Systems

Vermont may have a state-specific Early Warning System, but the system is not publicly available.