Approving Substitute Standards of Learning Evaluation Program for Certain Students with Disabilities Who Cannot be Accommodated on the Standards of Learning Test(s)
Resolution Number 2002-29
November 20, 2002
The Board of Education approves the proposed substitute Standards of Learning evaluation program and directs the Department of Education to prepare implementation guidelines for distribution to school divisions. The substitute Standards of Learning evaluation program is for a limited number of students with disabilities who cannot be accommodated on the Standards of Learning tests because of unique physical, sensory, or mental disabilities. Under the proposed provisions, the individualized education program (IEP) team or the student’s 504 committee may prepare an evaluation plan for the student if there is evidence that he or she can master the content covered by the Standards of Learning, but cannot take the Standards of Learning tests even with the existing accommodations. The evaluation plan will be submitted to a state-appointed panel for review and approval. After the evaluation plan is approved, the documentation agreed to in the plan will be collected and submitted to the panel for review. Based on the documentation reviewed, the panel may take one of the following actions: (1) recommend awarding the verified credit or determine that the student has mastered the content measured by the eighth-grade reading and mathematics tests, or (2) deny the verified credit or determine that the student has not mastered the content measured by the eighth- grade reading and mathematics tests.
Mark C. Christie, President
Board of Education
Adopted in the Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education
November 20, 2002