COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 36

February 9, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Impact of the Nonstandard Read-aloud/Audio Accommodation on the Reading Test on the Calculation of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

 

Informational Superintendents Memo No. 235, dated October 27, 2006, communicated guidelines for the use of the read aloud/audio accommodation on the Standards of Learning (SOL) reading assessment and the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) for reading. According to this memo, students with visual impairments and those with specific disabilities that severely limit or prevent them from decoding text at any level of difficulty as determined by a diagnostic tool are allowed to have a read aloud or audio accommodation as a standard accommodation. A passing score for these students would count for all purposes.

 

The memo further states that for the spring 2007 test administration students with disabilities who do not meet these criteria may use the read aloud/audio accommodation on the statewide reading tests as a nonstandard accommodation. These students would count as non-participants and as failing in the calculation of AYP.

Recently, the United States Department of Education (USED) provided clarification about the inclusion of scores for students using the nonstandard read aloud/audio accommodation on the statewide reading tests in the calculation of AYP. For the calculation of AYP for the 2007-2008 school year based on assessments administered in 2006-2007, students who are provided the nonstandard read-aloud or audio accommodation and pass the reading test will not be counted as failures for the school in the calculation of AYP. However, these students will be counted as non-participants in AYP calculations. A student's passing score will count for all other purposes including accreditation and verified credit.

 

Detailed instructions for coding the test records of students who are provided the nonstandard read-aloud or audio accommodation on the reading test will be provided to your Division Director of Testing. If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-2102.

 

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