Procedures for Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia’s Accountability System

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Procedures for Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia’s Accountability System A Guide for Educators and Parents Virginia Department of Education Updated April 2010 Table of Contents I II Definition of Students with Disabilities ………………………………………….. Description of Assessment Program A. Standards of Learning (SOL) Program ……………………………………….. B. Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) …………………………………… C. Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) …………………………….. D. Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) ……………………………. APPENDIX……………………………………………………………………….. Virginia Department of Education Procedures for Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia’s Accountability System This document…show more content…
Decisions about participation in VSEP are made on a test-by-test and individual basis. D. Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) The purpose of the VAAP is to evaluate the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The VAAP is available to students in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 who are working on academic standards that have been reduced in complexity and depth. Only students with significant cognitive disabilities who are eligible under IDEA 2004 and who meet the VAAP guidelines for participation may be assessed through the VAAP. Students will compile a collection of work samples, called a Collection of Evidence (COE) to demonstrate achievement on the Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL).Students who participate in the VAAP participate in all content areas; participation decisions are made on an individual basis. III. Who Should Be Tested It is the intent of the Commonwealth of Virginia to include all students with disabilities in the assessment component of Virginia’s accountability system. The federal regulations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and state regulations under the Virginians with Disabilities Act, Section 51.5-40 et seq. of the Code of Virginia, require that individuals with disabilities be given equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the policies and procedures customarily granted to all individuals. IDEA

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