Virginia alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)
News & Announcements
Notice of Public Comment Period
Pursuant to 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(4), the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will seek a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year from the Secretary for the United States Department of Education. The regulation in question, found at 34 C.F.R. 200.6(c)(2), requires State Education Agencies such as the VDOE to limit the total number of students assessed in a subject area using an alternate assessment. The limit on the percentage of students assessed by the alternate assessment is set by the federal regulation, stating there shall be no more than one (1) percent of the total number of students taking the alternate assessment assessed in each subject area. Any individual or organization may submit written comments on the proposed waiver pursuant to 34 C.F.R. §200.6(c)(4).
- Proposed: Virginia’s request for a waiver from the one percent of students participating in the Alternate Assessments aligned with Alternate Academic Achievement Standards (AA-AAAS)-This is a Word document.
October 21, 2020, is the deadline to submit a written comment regarding the proposed waiver to Accountability@doe.virginia.gov.
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
- VAAP Implementation Manual 2020-2021-This is a PDF document.
- VAAP Administrator's Manual 2020-2021-This is a PDF document.
- Virginia Alternate Assessment Program-This is a PPT presentation.
- VAAP Participation Criteria and the Determination of Significant Cognitive Disabilities-This is a Word document.
- VAAP Participation Criteria Form-This is a Word document.
- VAAP Forms-This is a Word document. (Word)
- VAAP Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL)-This is a PDF document.
- VAAP Reading (PPT)
- VAAP Mathematic (PPT)
- VAAP Science (PPT)
- VAAP Writing (PPT)
- SEI Tag Template (Word)
- 2019-2020 Developing Monitoring and Pre-Scoring Plans for Alternate Assessments-This is a PPT presentation.
VAAP Scoring & Performance Reports
VAAP 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 VAAP scoring rubric to submitted evidence, use of the online scoring system, and other information pertinent to scoring the assessment. The VAAP rubric, rubric addendum, and scoring rules are available in Section 6 of the VAAP Implementation Manual 2020-2021-This is a PDF document.. Once all evidence submitted for a specific VAAP 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 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.