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SBAC/VTSA Information

Dear EHS families,

On 2/11/22, EWSD district leadership communicated an overview about this year’s SBAC  testing. This letter provides specific information about the plan for the upcoming SBAC and VTSA testing at Essex High School. 

We would first like to echo the district’s message that SBAC and VTSA tests provide families and school leaders with insight into how teaching and learning are taking place and how students’ needs are being met. These tests are among the many tools we have to gather data about our schools. 

What do SBAC and VTSA tests assess?

SBAC tests assess students in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The VTSA is the Vermont Science Assessment. To learn more about these Vermont statewide assessments, you can log on to the Vermont Comprehensive Assessment Program Portal. You can visit the portal by entering this link into your internet browser:

Who will be taking SBACs this year?

9th Grade students will be taking SBAC assessments. 11th grade students will be taking the VTSA. If a student is absent on their testing day, they will need to make up the test during a different in-person learning day. There are very few circumstances that allow for exemptions from testing. Information about these circumstances can be found in this document. 

10th and 12th grade students will not be expected in school on testing days (M, Tu, Th, F) until 10:45am when they will report directly to their Advisory or assigned Flex location. Wednesday will be a regular school day for all students with early dismissal (1:35).

When will SBACs and VTSA take place?



Note: CTE will be in session on these days so all students attending CTE programs will be expected to attend their programs when not testing. 


What should students bring on testing day?

  • Chromebooks: Students will need their fully charged chromebooks for the tests. Please help them remember to charge them overnight before the test, and they should also bring their chargers as they may need them in afternoon classes. All testing is digital.
  • Headphones: 9th grade students will need headphones/earbuds and are encouraged to bring their own. We will provide headphones if needed.
  • Food (optional): Breakfast and lunch will be available for free for all students in the building. Students may also choose to bring their own food and/or water. 

Transportation Reminder - There will be one-day cancellations on the following EHS bus routes: Monday 5/16 routes 5 & 11; Tuesday 5/17 routes 16 & 2; Wednesday 5/18 routes EHS Westford, 3, & 9; Thursday 5/19 route 12; Friday 5/20 routes 6 & 87.

Please reach out to with any questions. 

Thank you!

EHS Team