No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires all students, including those with disabilities, to be assessed on statewide accountability measures. These assessments can be taken with or without accommodations as determined by the IEP team. In Virginia, students with disabilities participate in statewide assessments in grades 3-8 and at the end of certain high school courses.The Virginia Alternative and Alternate Assessments are designed to provide access to state assessments for eligible students with special needs as determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team or 504 Committee.
Students at the elementary and middle school levels participate in statewide assessments, or Standards of Learning assessments (SOLs), in grades 3-8. Students with disabilities who are dually identified as English Language Learners and require an alternative grade level assessment to the Reading SOLs may meet the requirement to participate in the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) for Reading as determined by the IEP Team or 504 Committee and the (Limited English Proficient) LEP Team.
All students in high school participate in End of Course Standards of Learning assessments. Students with disabilities, who require alternative end of course assessment to the SOLs and are qualified, may be considered by the IEP Team or 504 Committee to participate in one of the following alternative assessments. Diploma options are determined in part by student performance on high school end-of-course state assessments.
- The Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP): Available for students with disabilities currently enrolled in content area courses or who have passed courses with End-of-Course (EOC) SOL assessments and are seeking a Standard Diploma.
- OR the Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) for Algebra 1 or EOC Reading is available to high school students with disabilities pursuing a standard diploma with credit accommodations following these criteria:
- The student must have passed the course
- The student must have taken the end-of-course test at least twice with test scores being 374 or below.
- The Grade 8 VMAST Mathematics and Grade 8 VMAST Reading are available ONLY to high school students with disabilities who entered 9th grade for the first time prior to the 2013-2014 school-year and who are pursuing a Modified Standard Diploma.
States are required to create alternate assessments for students who are unable to take the general statewide assessments. In Virginia, students who are working in the Aligned Standards of Learning curriculum may participate in the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) in grades 3-8 and 11.
Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Assessment Program Reading (Dually Identified Students with Disabilities and English Learners)
October 22, 2015