The Public School Medallion was established by the Vermont Business Roundtable in 1993 to encourage excellence in education in Vermont. It continued through 2005.
Starting in 1999, the Vermont Business Roundtable linked the criteria and selection process for its annual medallion school award to school assessment. Consistent with a long-standing commitment to supporting high academic standards, meaningful statewide assessment of student performance, and comprehensive reporting of results, the Roundtable annually reviewed the statewide public school assessment results for elementary school grades (K-5), middle school grades (6-7-8), and high school grades (9-12).
The Roundtable publicly acknowledged the academic achievement of the schools selected as medallion quality schools with a certificate of merit. In addition, one school from each category (elementary school grades, middle school grades, and high school grades) was selected to receive a special gold medallion school award that included a check for $3,000 (for a total of $9,000 in award monies) and a new laptop computer.
A panel of judges made up of Roundtable member CEOs, made site visits to the highest performing schools in each of the three categories. When the site visits were completed, the judges selected the three Gold Medallion Award winners. The principals of the three winning schools were invited to the Roundtable’s Summer Membership Meeting, at which time a formal presentation is made to each winning school.