1. Application for an exception to the one percent Cap for the VA Alternate Assessment Pr

Federal regulations limit the number of proficient and advanced proficient scores on alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards (VAAP) that may be counted toward AYPto one percent of the tested grade levels.

This regulation is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities participate fully in the standards and accountability under NCLB and schools receive credit for making progress with these students.

The one percent cap is determined by dividing the number of VAAP proficient/advanced proficient scores by the total number of students at tested grade levels (grades 3,4,5,6,7,8, and 11). The number of students at tested grade levels is determined by the September 30 fall membership reported to VDOE by each LEA.

Sample Calculation of AYP Cap:
Virginia County
16,450 Fall Membership, Grades 3-8,11
x 0.01
164 = Cap for AYP

Sample Consequences:
251 Passed VAAP-English
-164 Cap for AYP
87 = Scores to be reassigned for AYP

Reassigned scores count for AYP purposes only. They do not affect the student or the IEP. Reassigned scores do not affect graduation and a parent only gets notification of the student's original score.

Your division may complete the following online form to request an exception to the one percent cap on the projected number of proficient or advanced scores on the VAAP that may be included in AYP determinations.

Please Note: Divisions may apply for multiple exception options.

Questions can be directed to John Eisenberg at the Virginia Department of Education. Mr. Eisenberg's contact information is as follows:(804) 225-2711 or john.eisenberg@doe.virginia.gov