Students with significant disabilities (SWSD) currently enrolled in grades 4, 8, and 11 are required to participate in the statewide assessment for science and may be eligible for the Vermont Alternate Assessment Portfolio (VTAAP). In recent years the VTAAP has been an online assessment for reading, math, and science available on; however, as Vermont transitions to new standards, this is no longer the case. The Dynamic learning Maps (DLM) assessment will replace the VTAAP in reading and math, and the VTAAP science portfolio has been converted to writeable Excel files available on CD directly from the Agency of Education (AOE). To request a CD, please contact: Lucille Chicoine at (802) 479-1402 or


The VTAAP science assessment for students with significant disabilities currently enrolled in grades 4, 8, and 11 is aligned to the same content and follows the same basic format as in previous years: however, the science portfolio is no longer available in the online format (previously, The seven VTAAP forms have been converted to twelve separate writeable Excel files available on CD directly from the Agency of Education (AOE). These files cannot be downloaded from this website. A complete set of these files for each individual student participating in the assessment should be downloaded from the CD directly into a folder on your work computer. For 2013-2014, the Teams considering the science alternate assessment for a student should contact the Agency as soon as possible to request the CD. Formal registration and documentation (Forms 1 & 2) for the VTAAP is due at the AOE by October 15th. Applications will be reviewed by the alternate assessment coordinators, and feedback/approval provided to Student Evaluation Teams. To request a CD, please contact: Lucille Chicoine at (802) 479-1402 or

  Administration Guidelines
The Alternate Assessment CD contains a file for the Administration Guidelines or it can be downloaded directly from this link. Each VTAAP form contains short instructions to assist the Student Evaluation Team (SET) in completing the assessment documentation. However, all SETs, and especially those new to VTAAP, are strongly encouraged to read the 2013-2014 VTAAP Science Administration Guidelines to familiarize themselves with the assessment requirements and procedures. There are individual sections for each form to help teams navigate this comprehensive document, and the appendices contain several important supporting documents.

Summary of Essential Requirements
This document is included in the Administration Guidelines but can be downloaded separately here. This table serves as a convenient reference for case managers compiling the portfolio, detailing due dates for each form and its essential elements.


These forms are available on CD from the Agency of Education. They cannot be downloaded directly from this web page. All forms should be copied directly into a separate student folder for each participating student. Be careful to retain the original file names as they are linked and essential information will be auto-filled across forms. Renaming the files in any way or using different computers for files will negate the coding and disrupt the transfer of data from one file to another. To request a CD, please contact: Lucille Chicoine at (802) 479-1402 or

  • Form 1: Eligibility and Team Information
  • Form 2: Entry Point Declaration
  • Forms 3 & 5: Baseline & Endline Records
    • Earth/Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
  • Form 4: Curriculum Access and Instruction
  • Form 5: Inquiry
  • Form 6: CKD (Content Knowledge Domain) – Submission Checklist
    • Earth/Space Science
    • Life Science
    • Physical Science
  • Form 6: Inquiry
  • Form 7: Principal Signature

The documents in this section serve to provide more detailed information regarding the VTAAP Science assessment, including expectations , examples, and other resources.

  Levels of Symbolic Development
The three different entry points for each GE have been associated with specific levels of symbolic communication development. The descriptions in this chart will provide the SET with information about the communication skills that are typically associated with each level. (Form 4)

Science Entry Points
These comprehensive documents list all of the science entry points by grade cluster and symbolic level of communication (A, B & C). Target behaviors, criteria for assessing the behaviors, definitions, and examples, are also provided for each entry point.

Grades 3-4

Grades 5-8


Grades 9-11


Student Performance Scoring Guide
This document details the specific scoring elements and values for each VTAAP science entry point at each of the three communication levels, including target behaviors, applications, and minimum item counts.

  Parent Guidelines to Statewide Decision-Making
This document explains the statewide testing options for parents of students with disabilities and provides a step by step decision-making process to determine the most suitable choice for a particular student.
  Inquiry Target Behaviors
This chart specifies the required and extended behaviors in each stage for each skill step area in the Inquiry strand.

These examples provide representative models for Student Evaluation Teams that illustrate the expectations for documenting student performance in the four science assessment strands.


Greg Wylde at or (802) 479-1148

Page Last Updated on April 4, 2014