COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 155

August 11, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Grade Level Alternative Scores and Modified Standard Diplomas

 

 

Students with disabilities who participated in the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) during their eighth-grade year and who are working toward a Modified Standard Diploma may use their VGLA scores to fulfill the literacy and numeracy requirements of this diploma. Student VGLA submissions DO NOT need to be submitted to the Department of Education for further review before being used to verify the literacy and numeracy requirements of the Modified Standard Diploma.

 

Students in ninth grade or above who are working toward a Modified Standard Diploma but did not take the grade 8 Standards of Learning test or participate in the VGLA in eighth grade are required to participate in the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) to meet the Modified Standard Diploma literacy and numeracy requirements. Modified Standard Diploma candidates must submit VSEP collections of evidence based on the eighth-grade reading and mathematics Standards of Learning. Collections of evidence must be submitted under the VSEP guidelines to be scored under the supervision of the Department of Education.

 

If you have questions, please call the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2107 or e-mail darfax@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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