DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 12
April 18, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Exceptions to One Percent Cap on the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
The United States Department of Education has announced that it will no longer grant exceptions allowing states to exceed the one percent cap on the number of proficient scores on the alternate assessment measuring alternate achievement standards that may be counted toward adequate yearly progress (AYP). This provision is effective for the 2008 VAAP administration. While the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) may not request permission to exceed the cap on a statewide basis, we are authorized to grant exceptions to school divisions under specified circumstances.
School divisions with VAAP participation data suggesting that they will likely exceed the one percent cap were invited to a VDOE-sponsored meeting conducted on March 11. At that time, attendees were informed that the Department would consider requests for exceptions related to (1) small n issues or (2) demographic anomalies.
If your data for the 2008 VAAP administration suggests that you will exceed the one percent cap based upon the above-referenced criteria, please complete the attached form and the supporting data that is specified. Forms should be returned to Mr. John Eisenberg at VDOE by May 16, 2008. Questions about this matter may be addressed to Mr. Eisenberg at (804) 225-2711 or John.Eisenberg@doe.virginia.gov. Thank you for your cooperation.