Participation & Inclusion
All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia’s assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations. Virginia’s assessment system includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students. Students with disabilities and LEP students may take Standards of Learning tests with or without accommodations or they may be assessed through alternate or alternative assessments. The tests that comprise the Virginia Assessment Program are offered in English only; administration of the tests in other languages is not permitted.
VDOE offers the following guidance regarding the assessment of students with disabilities and/or limited English proficiency:
- The document Procedures for Participation of Students with Disabilities in Virginia's Accountability System has been updated and reorganized into two documents as follows:
- Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Assessment Participation (PDF) – Provides the state assessment options available to students with disabilities, the participation criteria, and information about the roles and responsibilities of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams and 504 committees in making assessment determinations.
- Students with Disabilities: Guidelines for Special Test Accommodations (PDF) – Provides information on a four-step process for selecting and using test accommodations and a description of test accommodations currently permitted on state assessments.
- Special Assessment Accommodation Request Form (Word) – A form to be used by division directors of testing to request special assessment accommodations that individual students with disabilities may require to access the SOL assessments.
- Limited English Proficient Students: Guidelines for Participation in the Virginia Assessment Program (PDF) – Updated September 4, 2015
- Guidelines for Administering the Read-Aloud Accommodation for Standards of Learning Assessments (PDF) – Updated April 23, 2015
- Explanation of Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities – Math Aids – Accommodation Code 19 (PDF)
- Explanation of Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities – Assistive Technology Accommodations (PDF)
- Calculator Accommodation Criteria Form for Students with Disabilities (Word)
- Calculator Accommodation Criteria Form for Students with Blindness or Visual Impairments (Word)