DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 47
December 19, 2008
Patricia I. Wright
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Exceptions to One Percent Cap on the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
The United States Department of Education no longer grants exceptions allowing states to exceed the one percent cap on the number of proficient scores on the alternate assessment measuring alternate achievement standards that may be counted toward adequate yearly progress (AYP). This provision was effective for the 2008 VAAP administration and will now continue for the 2009 VAAP administration. While the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) may not request permission to exceed the cap on the statewide basis, we are authorized to grant exceptions to school divisions under specified circumstances.
School divisions with VAAP participation data suggesting that they will likely exceed the one percent cap are encouraged to examine their data to determine if they might need to apply for an exception. VDOE will consider requests for exceptions related to (1) small n issues or (2) demographic anomalies.
If your data for the 2009 VAAP administration suggest that your division will exceed the one percent cap based upon the above-referenced criteria, please complete the attached form and the supporting data that are specified. Additional criteria are discussed in the attachment. Forms should be returned to Mr. John Eisenberg at VDOE by February 2, 2009. Questions about this matter may be addressed to Mr. Eisenberg at (804) 225-2711 or John.Eisenberg@doe.virginia.gov. Thank you for your cooperation.