COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 144
July 28, 2000

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: STATUS REPORT ON THE VIRGINIA ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

The development of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program is well under way. The 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) reflect the intent to extend educational accountability and reform to all students, including those with severe disabilities who have traditionally been exempted from statewide testing programs. Although these students represent a relatively small portion of the overall school population, the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program was developed with the belief that the evaluation of their performance represents an important component in our quest towards higher standards.

Attached is a status report that outlines the progress of the programís development this year. The report includes steering committee and sub-committee accomplishments, a description of the collection of evidence (assessment strategy), scoring rubric field test information, and future activities.

Questions regarding the Virginia Alternate Assessment program should be directed to Dr. Patricia Burgess, Division of Assessment and Reporting; (804) 225-3026 or Mrs. Sharon E. Siler, Office of Special Education and Student Services, (804) 225-2711.

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