Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program V.S.E.P by p33lots


									Virginia Substitute
Evaluation Program

        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
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
   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
   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
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
   This worksheet could
    also be used as
    evidence for standard
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
   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

To top