Virginia alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
The Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) is designed to evaluate the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities who are working on academic standards that have been reduced in complexity and depth. This content is derived from the Standards of Learning (SOL) and is referred to as the Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL). Students in grades 3 - 8 who are participating in the VAAP are required to submit evidence in the same subject areas as required of their non-disabled peers in the same grade level. High School students participating in the VAAP are required to submit evidence in reading, writing, mathematics, science, history/social sciences by the end of their completion of grade 11 or on a schedule identified by the local school division.
Resources for VAAP administrators & examiners
- Implementation Manual 2015-2016 (PDF)
- Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (PPT)
- VAAP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- VAAP Participation Criteria Form (PDF)
- VAAP Forms (Word) (PDF)
- VAAP Aligned Standards of Learning (PDF)
- VAAP Reading (PPT)
- VAAP Mathematic (PPT)
- VAAP Science (PPT)
- VAAP Writing (PPT)
- SEI Tag Template (Word)
- Preparing Student Evidence for VAAP Writing (PPT)
VAAP Scoring & Performance Reports
VAAP collections of evidence are submitted to the school division and scored by locally maintained scorers or scoring teams. Scorers receive training on the process of applying the VAAP scoring rubric to submitted evidence, use of the online scoring system, and other information pertinent to scoring the assessment. The VAAP rubric, rubric addendum, and scoring rules are available in Section 6 of the VAAP Implementation Manual (PDF). Once all evidence submitted for a specific VAAP entry has been scored, scorers or scoring teams enter their ratings of student performance or upload a file of students’ scores in the online scoring system. The online scoring system will then generate a final score and proficiency level.
Parents receive VAAP performance reports after each assessment administration. These reports include scores for each test taken, overall proficiency levels and information about achievement in reporting categories comprising related content or skills.