COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
January 16, 2015
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Since 2008, the United States Department of Education has not allowed 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 Virginia’s Accountability System. While the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) may not request permission to exceed the cap on a statewide basis, it is authorized to grant exceptions to school divisions under specified circumstances.
School divisions with the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) participation data indicating that they will likely exceed the one percent cap are encouraged to examine their data to determine if they might need to apply for an exception. The VDOE will consider requests for exceptions related to (1) small “n” issues and (2) targeted demographic anomalies.
If your data for the 2015 VAAP administration indicate that your division will exceed the one percent cap based upon the above-referenced criteria, please complete the following online application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015VAAPCAP. Please find attached a PDF copy of the questions to assist in completing the online survey.
Additional criteria are discussed in the application. The online application should be completed by March 6, 2015.
Questions about this matter may be addressed to Deborah Johnson, educational specialist, Office of Special Education Instructional Services, by telephone at (804) 371-2725 or by e-mail at Deborah.Johnson@doe.virginia.gov. Thank you for your cooperation.