Virginia Growth Assessments (VGA)
Virginia legislation requires growth assessments for Grade 3-8 students
In 2021, the Virginia General Assembly introduced the expectation for new state "through-year" assessments in elementary and middle schools. Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in fall and winter. The purpose of these assessments is to measure student growth and progress in reading and mathematics content standards.
Frequently Asked Questions
- VGA primarily covers content standards for the reading or mathematics course the student is taking this year, including advanced mathematics courses up through prealgebra. However, students enrolled in a high school level math course will not take a VGA in mathematics.
- Online computer-adaptive VGA tests may provide some questions for the grade level below and/or above
- VGA is taken at the school under supervision of school staff.
- Questions use Standards of Learning (SOL)-like items to measure current knowledge and skills in the content area.
- This online, computer-adaptive tests is about half as long as the spring SOL test.
- Beginning in 2022-23, students in grades 3-8 take the Virginia Growth Assessment (VGA) in fall and winter.
- Schools will provide information about the test schedule of their building.
- There is no “passing” or “failing” outcome for the VGA.
- Results give teachers information about student strengths and areas for support.
- VGA results are also used within Standards of Accreditation calculations for the school.