The purpose of the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) is to evaluate the
performance of students who have traditionally been exempted from state assessment programs.
Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 1997) reflect the intent
to extend educational accountability and reform to all students, including those with
significant disabilities. Although these students represent a relatively small portion of
the overall school population, the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program was developed with
the belief that these students are a part of our accountability system and that the
evaluation of their achievement represents an important component of our quest toward
high standards. (VAAP Implementation Manual, Fall 2005)
The T/TAC Online website provides
a copy of the VAAP Instructional Manual and links to the Aligned Standards of Learning.
Questions should be addressed to
Virginia Department of Education
phone: (804) 225-3026
For more information, contact
Kelly Ligon or