Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA)
Changes to the VGLA assessments for students with disabilities in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016
Based on the elimination of certain SOL tests beginning in 2014-2015, the corresponding VGLA assessments in those content areas will no longer be available to students with disabilities. For details, including changes in 2015-2016, see Superintendent's Memo 202-14
The Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) is available for certain Limited-English Proficiency (LEP) students and students with disabilities in grades 3 through 8 as an alternative assessment for the Standards of Learning (SOL) testing. Students who qualify to participate in the VGLA are required to demonstrate individual achievement of grade-level content standards as presented in the SOL test blueprint for the academic content area in which they are being assessed. The VGLA is only available to eligible students with disabilities and eligible students with limited English proficiency.
Resources for VGLA administrators & examiners
- Implementation Manual 2014-2015 (PDF)
- Selecting Appropriate Students for the VGLA (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 Participation Criteria Form (Word) (PDF)
- VGLA Forms (PDF)
- Phase-Out of the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) for Students with Disabilities
- 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 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 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.