VA Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)

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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.


For more information on instructional resources for students with intellectual disabilities, contact:

Jackie Neidle,