CHS Wins High Praise from the VT Department of Education!

Cue the band!

We’ve recently received some great news that we’re really happy to share. The Vermont Department of Education (VT DOE) has identified Colchester High School as one of the few schools in the state to have markedly and steadily improved student performance—and CHS did so by maintaining relatively low per-pupil costs compared to other high schools and districts in Chittenden County.

One of the VT DOE’s current initiatives is to evaluate the state’s school finance system, and it is examining not only education funding in general but also education costs as compared to student performance. And because CHS’s student performance has improved without increased per-pupil spending—particularly in reading, writing, and mathematics—the VT DOE plans to conduct case studies at CHS, examining its strategies and programs in order to understand how it made such impressive gains and to identify the specific resources and tactics it employed in order to provide quality education to our students. As part of the process, representatives from the VT DOE plan to interview many of the school’s educators, administrators, coaches, and counselors. The VT DOE’s hope is that, as the result of these case studies, similar results can be replicated in other schools around the state.

We are honored and excited about this opportunity, and we hope you all are, too.

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