Unified school districts and independent schools. Statewide community college and small, private postsecondary institutions. Online learning and outdoor classrooms. Open educational resources and experiential learning. Vermont’s education sector is as varied as its landscape.
Vermont’s small size benefits students in many ways. Having the lowest student/teacher ratio in the country allows educators to focus deeply on student learning and development. Consistently high testing performance (#3 in the US for reading) and high quality overall (#5 in the US) have led to Vermont’s having a high school cohort graduation rate of 88% in 2015.
Elementary and secondary school success is only part of the overall education picture for the state. Vermont has committed to the success of its workforce by partnering with postsecondary institutions and education leaders on the 70×2025 Vermont Partnership: by 2025, 70% of Vermont’s working age adults will possess a postsecondary degree or credential of value. Workforce learning doesn’t happen only in the classroom: the state also partners with colleges and organizations on a variety of trade-based, experiential training opportunities including apprenticeships, licensure prep, and other continuing education options.
Vermont boasts the highest number of higher education institutions per capita in the US. The University of Vermont is the state’s flagship research institution, includes the Larner College of Medicine and is affiliated with the University of Vermont Medical Center. Tiny Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vermont is a leading voice in environmental stewardship. In between is a range of institutions that serve the educational needs of tens of thousands of students from Vermont and around the world from the associate to the doctoral degree level.
Professional development offerings for Vermont educators state-wide, from in-service trainings to advanced degree programs, offer our teachers and school administrators opportunities to expand their skills and advance their careers. The Vermont Higher Education Collaborative works with the state’s higher education institutions, state and local agencies, and other organizations to make quality preparation, training, and support programs accessible to schools, early childhood and human service providers, educators, and educators-to-be. Individual organizations like Castleton University’s Center for Schools provide professional development opportunities for educators at every level.
KEY FACTS AND FIGURES
Students enrolled from PreK-16
Million in total wages for elementary & high school teachers (2015)
Elementary & high school teachers in Vermont (2015)
Million in total wages for higher education employees (2017)
[Source: Vermont Department of Labor Economic & Labor Market Information, Vermont Higher Education Council]