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

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 162
November 9, 2001

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:

Virginia Alternate Assessment Program Passing Scores Established by the Board of Education

Attached is a table listing the decisions of the Virginia Board of Education regarding the passing scores for the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP). These scores set the standards for passing each of the assessments as well as the point at which students attain "pass advanced" status.

The VAAP is designed to provide an alternative for students with severe disabilities who do not participate in the regular Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment as the result of their individualized educational plans (IEPs). The program was first implemented during the 2000-2001 school year with over 2000 students participating.

On September 18-21, 2001, 41 educators from the Commonwealth of Virginia met in Richmond to examine Collections of Evidence for all four levels (Elementary I and II, Middle School, and High School) of the VAAP. Personnel from Measurement Incorporated (MI) provided training and assistance in the effort, using the Body of Work standard setting procedure. Upon completion of the standard setting activities, the committees recommendations were presented to the Board of Education at its October 22, 2001, meeting. The board adopted the passing scores.

Subsequent to action by the Board of Education, the scoring contractor for the VAAP (Questar, Inc.) is applying the performance levels to student scores and will forward reports to each division. Score reports from the alternate assessment will be available to parents and school personnel and scores will be included when determining school accreditation ratings.

The passing score table is available on the Virginia Department of Education website at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml

Should you have questions or need additional information, please call the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.

JLD/SLR/GT/jc

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