Superintendent’s Memo #117-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 25, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction


Use of the Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) and the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) for Students with Disabilities pursuing the Standard Diploma with Credit Accommodations or the Modified Standard Diploma

As a result of the 2012 General Assembly’s amendment to the Code of Virginia eliminating the Modified Standard Diploma, the Board of Education was directed to make provisions for students with disabilities. The Board amended the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia to permit credit accommodations for students with disabilities pursuing a Standard Diploma. In March 2013, the Board of Education approved guidelines for school divisions on allowable credit accommodations.

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide clarification to school divisions regarding use of the VMAST and VSEP for students with disabilities who are pursuing Standard Diplomas with credit accommodations and the use of VMAST for students with disabilities pursuing Modified Standard Diplomas.

Students with Disabilities Pursuing a Standard Diploma with Credit Accommodations

Students who participate in VSEP must meet the same criteria.  However, the VSEP assessments do not provide scaled scores.  The VSEP score range comparable to a scaled score of 375-399 on the SOL tests is 95-123 on the end-of-course reading VSEP and 72-99 on the Algebra I VSEP. 

A sample eligibility form has been developed and is available for use. Additional materials and training resources developed on credit accommodations can be found at:  

Students with Disabilities Pursuing a Modified Standard Diploma

If you have any questions regarding credit accommodations, please contact Dr. Samantha Hollins, director, Special Education Program Improvement, at or by telephone at (804) 786-2900. If you have any questions, regarding the monitoring, reviews, please contact Dr. Sandra Ruffin, director, Office of Federal Program Monitoring, at, or by telephone at (804) 225-2768.  Questions regarding the VMAST or the VSEP should be directed to student assessment staff by e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.