Virginia’s Visualization and Analytics Solution (VVAAS)
Virginia’s Visualization and Analytics Solution (VVAAS) is a web-based tool available to all Virginia K-12 divisions. The VVAAS portal displays measures of students’ academic growth over time (Value-Added), diagnostic reports for student groups, and student projections to help educators improve student achievement and inform classroom instruction. Reports provided by VVAAS, in tandem with other data sources, can help educators make decisions regarding curriculum changes, identify and support long-term student goals, and help reveal trends of student groups in need of additional support.
VVAAS uses VDOE assessment data to build reports. Assessment data from 2015 to present were used to build the reports.
VVAAS Report Framework
- Value-Added reports - Provide reliable measures of academic growth at the school or division level for certain tested grades and subjects. This report will help answer the question: How did our students and school as a whole grow academically?
- Diagnostic reports - Provide the ability to select data and view results for different groups of students. This report will help answer the question: Which student groups benefited most from our instruction?
- Student projection reports - Provide an indicator of a student's likelihood of reaching future assessment milestones. This report will help answer the question: How can we plan for our current students’ needs?
Key Facts @ VVAAS
What is the difference between achievement and growth?
- Achievement measures: A student's performance at one single point in time, correlates with a student's demographics, compares student performance to a standard, and is critical to a student's post-secondary opportunities. Examples of achievement measures are an end of year SOL test or the SAT.
- Growth measures: A student's growth across time (i.e., across years), mitigates many impacts of student demographics, compares a student's performance to his/her own prior performance, and is critical to ensuring a student's future academic success.
Can low-achieving students show growth and their schools earn strong VVAAS scores?
- VVAAS measures student growth, not whether the student is proficient on the state assessment. For example, a student who is behind academically may show significant academic growth, but not be proficient on the end of year test. Another student may be proficient on the end of year test, but not show any growth.
- VVAAS allows educators to consider a student’s achievement (i.e., score on the end of year assessment), and a student’s growth (i.e., the progress students make year to year).
- Low-achieving students can grow and their schools can earn strong VVAAS growth. When students grow more than expected, that growth is reflected in a school's VVAAS score, regardless of whether the student earned fail/basic, proficient, or advanced on the state assessment.
Can high-achieving students show growth and their schools earn strong VVAAS scores?
- High performing students still have room to grow academically and their schools can earn high VVAAS scores. Students who consistently earn advanced scores can demonstrate growth.
The VDOE will provide ongoing professional development and support to all school divisions. If you are interested in a division 1:1 session with the VVAAS Coordinator, Morri Pace, please contact her via email (email@example.com). Once the platform is available, specific professional development sessions will be published.
- Nov-Dec 2022 - VDOE Staff
- Jan 2023 - Bridging the Gap pilot divisions*
- Feb - May 2023 - Statewide Implementation*
*Dates based on current implementation timeline. Timeline subject to change as phases of implementation are completed.
Target Groups for 2022-2023 Implementation
- Administrators (Division/School)
- Counselors/Family Engagement
- Special Education
- School Improvement/Programs
- Instructional Supports (Coaches/Specialist)
What are the benefits of VVAAS?
VVAAS provides a way to measure student growth across Virginia’s divisions, schools, and classrooms.
VVAAS allows educators to:
- Monitor the growth of all groups of students from low-achieving to high-achieving, ensuring growth opportunities for all students.
- Make informed, data-driven decisions about where to focus resources to help students make greater growth and perform at higher levels.
- Identify collaborative partnerships (i.e., divisions/schools/subjects/grade-level teams) that yield different growth results to discuss effective practices.
- Facilitate “Consistent Conversations” between educators that are student focused and data-driven.
- Virginia’s Visualization and Analytics Solution (VVAAS)-This is a PDF document. - Superintendent's Memo 244-22