The Vermont State Board of Education adopted a new set of Education Quality Standards for graduation. These standards are designed to better prepare our students for college, career, and community. U-32 took on this challenge because we understand that this shift to proficiency-based learning is best for all students to ensure they graduate ready for life beyond our school. Remodeling a school system over 150 years old--just like an old farmhouse--is not an easy task and will be undertaken in stages each year. Our Program of Studies will be revised each year to reflect these changes.

    WCSU STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES (SLOs) for the Class of 2020 and beyond

    Reading - Comprehend, interpret, analyze, and evaluate a wide range and level of complex literary and informational texts.
    Expository Writing - Produce clear and coherent writing for a range of informative and analytical tasks, purposes, and audiences.
    Expressive Writing - Develop polished written work in a variety of genres following a process of drafting, feedback, and revision.
    Expository Research Writing - Conduct short and sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
    Speaking & Listening - Initiate and participate effectively in a range of discussions, responding thoughtfully to diverse perspectives and expressing ideas clearly and persuasively.
    Language - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

    Number & Quantity - Reason, describe, and analyze quantitatively, using units and number systems to solve problems.
    Algebra - Create, interpret, use, and analyze expressions, equations, and inequalities.
    Functions- Use functions, including linear, quadratic, trigonometric, and exponential, to interpret and analyze a variety of contexts.
    Geometry - Understand geometric concepts and constructions, prove theorems, and apply appropriate results to solve problems.
    Statistics & Probability - Use concepts of statistics and probability to analyze data and make informed decisions.

    Structures & Functions - Understand that the ways in which an object or living thing is shaped and its substructure determine many of its properties and functions.
    Matter & Energy - Demonstrate understanding of the interactions between matter and energy in a system including the concepts of conservation of mass and energy.
    Cause, Change & Effect - Identify patterns of cause and effect and can make predictions based on these patterns.
    Sustainability - Understand that humans’ impacts are greater than they have ever been, as are humans’ abilities to model, predict, and manage current and future impacts in order to maintain human societies and the biodiversity that sustains them.
    Engineering - Engage with major global issues at the interface of science, technology, society, and the environment and engage in analytical and strategic thinking through defining the problem, developing possible solutions, and improving designs.
    Design, Conduct and Analyze Scientific Investigations - Design investigations that generate data to provide evidence that supports claims they make about phenomena.

    Motor Skills and Movement - Demonstrate competency in a variety of specialized skills necessary for participation in lifetime physical activities.
    Application of Knowledge - Apply knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
    Physical Activity & Fitness - Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
    Core Health Concepts - Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.Influences on health - Analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.

    Developing Craft - Demonstrate understanding of process and concepts through effective use of terminology and practice. Perform, present, and produce artistic ideas and work.
    Connecting - Relate artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.
    Responding - Describe, interpret, understand, and evaluate art.

    Spending & Saving - Apply strategies to monitor income and expenses, plan for spending, and save for future goals.
    Credit & Debt - Develop strategies to control and manage credit and debt.
    Investing - Understand the need for a diversified investment strategy that is compatible with personal financial goals.

    Civic Literacy - Understand and participate in a democratic society
    Economics - Make economic decisions that demonstrate understanding of the interaction between humans, the environment, government, and the economy.
    Geography - Propose solutions to local and world issues by using geographic tools to analyze data and examine cultural information.
    History - Use historical inquiry to gather information about the past, make sense of the present, and make predictions about the future.

    WORLD LANGUAGE (As a way to demonstrate proficiency in global citizenship)
    Communication - Demonstrate skills in various forms of non-native language communication.
    Culture - Demonstrate understanding of customs, beliefs, cultural differences, and traditions worldwide.
    Connections - Access new information using a non-native language and experiencing its culture.
    Comparisons - Demonstrate understanding of the nature of language through comparisons of the language studied and their own.
    Community - Demonstrate understanding of how language and cultural knowledge influence their lives.

    Creative Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a variety of problem-solving strategies demonstrating reflective, creative, and innovative thinking and modeling.
    Effective & Expressive Communication - Communicate effectively and creatively using oral and written language.
    Engaged Citizenship - Participate in and contribute to local and global communities.
    Working Independently & Collaboratively - Exhibit the skills to work independently and collaboratively with efficiency and effectiveness.
    Informed, Integrated & Critical Thinking - Use a variety of sources to understand, interpret, analyze, and evaluate information.
    Self-Awareness & Self Direction - Identify and actively pursue interests in preparation for lifelong learning and growth