Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA)
The Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Reading assessment is an alternative assessment for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Reading tests in grades 3-8. The VGLA Reading assessment is available only to Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in grades 3-8 who meet the eligibility criteria. LEP students are required to demonstrate individual achievement of grade-level Reading content standards as presented in the SOL test blueprint.
Resources for VGLA administrators & examiners
- Implementation Manual 2016-2017 (PDF)
- 2016-2017 VGLA Reading Assessment Update (PPT)
- VGLA Student Evidence Identification (SEI) Tag Template (Word)
- Score Ranges and Proficiency Levels Established by the Board of Education (PDF)
- VGLA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- VGLA Forms (XLS) (Word)
- Worksheets (All documents below are in PDF format.)
- Optional Forms for Preparation of Evidence for Limited Proficient Students
The purpose of these optional forms is to assist with organizing the student material in a Reading Collection of Evidence (COE) that may be submitted as a Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) assessment.
(All documents below are in PDF format.)
- 2010 Standards of Learning
- 2002 Standards of Learning for Fall 2012 4x4 Block Schedule Only
VGLA Scoring & Performance Reports
VGLA Reading 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 VGLA scoring rubric to submitted evidence, use of the online scoring system, and other information pertinent to scoring the assessment. The VGLA rubric, rubric addendum, and scoring rules are available in Section 7 of the VGLA Implementation Manual (PDF). Once all evidence submitted for a specific VGLA 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 VGLA 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.