Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program V.S.E.P. Steve Wall Division Director of Testing What is VSEP? VSEP is another option for students with disabilities to participate in Virginia’s Standards of Learning Assessments program. The substitute program is another method of demonstrating skills and proficiency on the statewide standards. A student’s IEP team/504 committee examines the criteria for participation and determines if the student is eligible to participate in the VSEP. Why VSEP and why now? VSEP has been around for a number of years. Recent direction from the federal government and NCLB regulations have lead to more extensive use. The NCLB regulations allows states to have alternate means of assessing students as long as the state standards are addressed. This helps both students, schools and school divisions: • Students can use the VSEP to earn verified credits toward graduation. Passing a VSEP has the same weight as passing a regular SOL test. • Schools can improve their overall pass rates and their AYP pass rates for the “Students with Disabilities” subgroup. • Divisions also benefit from the improved “Students with Disabilities” pass rates plus these students do no count against the 1% cap for alternate assessments. What are the criteria for participation? There are three criteria: • 1. The student must have a current IEP or 504 plan. • 2. The student is enrolled in a course which has an end of course SOL test or the student needs to meet the literacy and/or numeracy standards required for a Modified Standard Diploma. • 3. Even with accommodations (both standard and nonstandard) the student is unable to demonstrate mastery of the standards through the multiple choice format of the SOL test. Explain that last criteria An eligible student knows the content of the course. They just cannot communicate that knowledge through multiple choice tests. For example; consider a student signed up for Algebra II next semester. The student had passing grades in previous math classes (Math 8, Algebra I and Geometry) but he has yet to pass an SOL test, even though he used all of the applicable accommodations available on the test. This student would be a candidate for using the VSEP for his Algebra II class. How do we prove that the student has the knowledge? To prove mastery of the standards a Course Work Compilation (CWC) is collected and submitted for the student. The CWC contains representative samples of work that demonstrate proficiency of content based on the Standards of learning. The samples may include student papers, projects, videotapes, audiotapes, permanent products and other student generated work. IMPORTANT: only work generated by the student under the direct supervision of a teacher or an aide is allowed in the CWC. No homework. The course teacher and the special education case manager for the student work together and decide what should be included in the CWC. A sample CWC To the right is the Algebra I test blueprint. A sample CWC One of the standards is A.5 A sample CWC What does A.5 cover? A sample CWC Consider the lesson to the right: A sample CWC Successful completion of the worksheet to the right would show mastery of SOL A.5 and could be included in the CWC. This worksheet could also be used as evidence for standard A.15. Complete CWCs In order to give the student the greatest opportunity for success on the VSEP you would need to have evidence for each standard listed in the course blueprint. The more standards with good evidence the better the chance for success. Steps to be taken if a VSEP is used. 1. The IEP team/504 committee meet and decide if the student meets the criteria. 2. The IEP is amended. 3. The Intent to Submit a Substitute Evaluation forms are completed by the IEP team/504 committee. 4. The forms are submitted to the state for approval. Within ten workdays notification of approval or denial will be received from the state. 5. If approved the collection of evidence can begin. 6. Completed CWCs must be submitted to the state for scoring by the beginning of our spring SOL window. 7. More in-depth information/training will be provided as needed.
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