Home School / Home Study
Parents in Vermont have the right to teach their children at home instead of sending them to public schools. This includes children with disabilities. But if parents choose to do this, their children do not have the same rights to special education services that children in public schools have. If you are thinking about home schooling your child, you should look at these rules.
Flexible Pathways to Graduation
Not everyone learns the same way. The Vermont legislature understands this. In 2013, it passed a law called Act 77. This law made big changes in the way schools educate students and prepare them for graduation. All students can now meet graduation requirements through personalized learning plans that move them from grade to grade and to graduation through experiences inside and outside of the traditional classroom.
Personalized Learning Plans
The personalized learning plan is a document created for students beginning in the 7th grade. The plan is created by the students, parents and teachers. It is based on the strengths, needs, interests and goals of the student. The plan describes what the student needs to learn; when, where and how they will learn the information they need to prepare themselves for graduation, continuing education, employment and participation in their communities.
Proficiency-based learning is a new way of deciding if a student has learned the skills and knowledge in a school content area. Schools no longer look at what a student has done in the traditional classroom. Schools now look at what the student knows and skills gained through multiple ways of learning. The goal is to make sure that students are prepared to continue their education, get a job and be active in their communities. This new way of deciding when a student is ready to graduate can be very helpful to students with disabilities.
FERPA: Access and Privacy of Records
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal statute. It is designed to ensure that parents have access to their children’s educational records, and to protect the privacy rights of parents and children by limiting access to those records without a parent’s consent.