Student Achievement Testing Report
What is the student achievement test requirement that all private schools participating in EISTCP are required to follow?
All participating schools must provide VDOE, using a template created by VDOE, a report of any norm-referenced achievement test results for any eligible student who received an education expenses scholarship.
If a private school is not accredited by VCPE, or one of its accrediting agencies, then it must annually administer a norm-referenced achievement test to all kindergarten through 12th grade students that have received tax credit-derived scholarships, regardless if the school does not normally administer a norm-referenced test to a particular grade level.
If a private school fails to comply with this requirement, then it cannot participate in the EISTCP.
The accreditation by VCPE only exempts the school from the annual testing requirement when it is not currently administering norm-referenced achievement tests – an accredited private school will still be required to submit test scores to VDOE for those students that receive scholarships from tax credit derived donations when such tests are currently administered by the school.
The annual student achievement report is to be provided to VDOE by December 1 of each year, beginning with the first year of testing of an eligible student receiving a tax credit-derived scholarship while enrolled in an eligible school. The report must include the following information from the immediately preceding school year:
- Demographic information: grade level, gender, race/ethnicity, school division in which the student resides, family income level, and number persons in the students family/household;
- Program information: number of years each eligible student has been tested, the number of years the student has been in the EISTC Program, name of the scholarship foundation awarding the scholarship;
- Student achievement test information: name of the norm-referenced achievement test that was administered, achievement test results and associated learning gains for reading and math, including the national percentile ranking for the eligible student’s test scores, whether the school is accredited by the VCPE; and
- Graduation information: graduation rates (if applicable) of its eligible students participating in the scholarship program in a manner consistent with nationally recognized standards.