About the Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT)


Overview

The Virginia Remote Student Progress Test (VRSPT) is an online set of assessments offered by the Virginia Department of Education to Virginia public school students in grades 3-8 who, due to the pandemic, are:

  • receiving all of their instruction in a virtual environment and
  • not able to go to their school to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests.

The 2020-2021 school year has been different from any other school year and very challenging for students, families, and teachers. Students have all had different learning environments and varying amounts of direct instruction and types of interactions with their teachers. One challenge for schools and parents is knowing how their students are achieving in learning the content for their grade-level. The VRSPT is a grade-level assessment that can help parents, teachers, and students better understand areas that are strengths and those where the student could benefit from additional instruction going forward.

Test results will be available to schools and provided to parents for each test that is completed. An overall test scaled score will be provided for each VRSPT, and a Student Detail by Question Report will be available for each VRSPT to provide a brief description of each test item, an estimate of the difficulty of each test item (i.e., high, medium, or low difficulty), and whether the student answered the item correctly. The information is intended to be helpful and useful for parents, teachers, and students.

If you are unsure of a student's eligibility for the VRSPT, please contact your school.


The VRSPT

The VRSPT serves as one measure of a student's achievement in certain subjects in grades 3-8. The individual tests are aligned to the Virginia Standard of Learning (SOL) in mathematics, reading, and science. The number of questions on each test is shown in the table below.

Level Test Number of Questions
Gr. 3 Reading 28
Gr. 3 Mathematics 28
Gr. 4 Reading 28
Gr. 4 Mathematics 35
Gr. 5 Reading 28
Gr. 5 Mathematics 35
Gr. 5 Science 40
Gr. 6 Reading 31
Gr. 6 Mathematics 42
Gr. 7 Reading 31
Gr. 7 Mathematics 42
Gr. 8 Reading 31
Gr. 8 Mathematics 42
Gr. 8 Science 50

Students should complete the VRSPT independently and select their best answer to each question. Students are to do this without access to academic resources or assistance that would provide an advantage. This will help ensure the results accurately reflect areas where a student performs well and those where the student could benefit from additional instruction.

Students with disabilities who have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan and English Learners (EL) with an EL Assessment Participation Plan are eligible to receive documented accommodations on the VRSPT. Accommodations include but are not limited to an audio version or read-aloud version of the tests.


Location, Dates, and Times

The VRSPT is administered online in the non-school location where students are receiving their instruction (e.g., home or other non-school location). Students may have little to no supervision by school personnel while completing the tests.

The test administration dates and times for the VRSPT will be announced by your school.