SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 39
February 28, 1997
||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||VSAP and SOL Field Test Participation and Accommodations
Guidelines for Students with Disabilities and Limited English
Action of the Board of Education on Tuesday, February 25, 1997, approved the attached participation and accommodations guidelines for students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students as they participate in the Virginia State Assessment Program (VSAP) and the Standards of Learning (SOL) field test. A. Notes Related to the Accommodations for the VSAP Administration Students with Disabilities As was the case with the previous guidelines for testing students with disabilities in the VSAP, the student's participation in VSAP and the specification of any needed testing accommodations are to be addressed in the student's Individual Educational Plan (IEP) or 504 Management Tool. Accommodations used for VSAP testing should be consistent with those the student uses in classroom assessment and instruction. The list of accommodations available for use in the VSAP testing may be found beginning on page 4 of the attached document entitled "Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Testing in the Virginia State Assessment Program." Limited English Proficient Students The guidelines recommend that a committee decide how LEP students will participate in the VSAP and determine what, if any, testing accommodations are needed. Accommodations used for VSAP testing should reflect SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 39 Page 2 February 28, 1997 those the student uses in classroom assessment and instruction. The list of accommodations available for use in the VSAP testing may be found beginning on page 4 of the attached document entitled "Limited English Proficient Students: Guidelines for Testing in the Virginia State Assessment Program." Appropriate forms that school divisions may use in documenting student participation and testing accommodations to be used are included. B. Notes Related to the Accommodations for the SOL Field Test Administration Students with Disabilities As noted on page 2 of the "Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Participation in the 1997 Field Test of the Standards of Learning Assessments," it is required that the parents of all students with disabilities be notified of the upcoming SOL field test. Since this is a field test, the accommodations that currently are listed in the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Management Tool with respect to instructional and classroom assessment may be used as the accommodations in the SOL field test. This does not necessitate a meeting of the student's IEP or 504 Committee. All parents of students with disabilities must be notified of the upcoming field test and sign an acknowledgment of the use of the existing accommodations in the SOL field test. However, should the parent wish the IEP or 504 committee to convene, the school division must comply with that request. Sample parental notification forms are included in this memo. School divisions should feel free to use these forms or those they might devise which contain the same information. The key points here are: a) parental notification of the intent to use the existing accommodations for classroom instruction and assessment during the SOL field test b) convening the IEP or 504 committee should the parent request it c) documenting the above actions Limited English Proficient Students As with the VSAP administration, the guidelines recommend that a committee decide how LEP students will participate in the SOL field test and determine what, if any, testing accommodations are needed. Accommodations for limited English proficient students should reflect those used in regular instruction and classroom assessment. Appropriate forms for documenting participation of LEP students in the SOL field test are provided for school division use. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102. You may direct your questions to any of the following staff members: Cam Harris, Shelley Loving-Ryder, Dan Keeling, Kevin Hughes, or Judy Singh. RTL/jc Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.