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 2013-2014 (PDF)
- Virginia Alternate Assessment Program 2013-2014 (PPT)
- VAAP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- VAAP Participation Criteria Form (PDF)
- VAAP Forms (Word) (PDF)
- VAAP Aligned Standards of Learning (PDF)
- VAAP Reading 2013-2014 (PPT)
- VAAP Mathematics 2013-2014 (PPT)
- VAAP Science 2013-2014 (PPT)
- VAAP Writing 2013-2014 (PPT)
- SEI Tag Template (Word)
- Preparing Student Evidence for VAAP Writing (PPT)
VAAP Scoring & Performance Reports
VAAP collections of evidence are submitted to Pearson and scored by trained scorers using the VAAP rubric, rubric addendum, and scoring rules. These scoring tools are discussed in Section 6 of the VAAP Implementation Manual. Scores are entered into an online system which generates final scores and proficiency levels.
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.