VTAAP Science

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 vtalt.com; 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 forms have been converted a writeable Excel file available on CD directly from the Agency of Education (AOE). Student Evaluation Team (SET) must utilize the 2014-2015 forms on this CD. Previous year forms will be considered invalid if submitted.

Science Assessment

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, vtalt.com). The seven VTAAP forms have been converted to a single excel file with 15 worksheets/tabs available on CD directly from the Agency of Education (AOE). These files cannot be effectively downloaded from this website. A complete file for each individual student participating in the assessment should be downloaded from the CD directly into a folder on your confidential work computer. For 2014-2015, the Educational 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 2014-2015 CD, please contact: Lucille Chicoine at (802) 479-1402 or lucille.chicoine@vermont.gov

Administration Guidelines
The 2014-2015 Alternate Assessment CD contains a tab 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 2014-2015 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 and also 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 from the CD into a separate student folder for each participating student. Forms are linked and essential information will be auto-filled across forms. To request a 2014-2015 CD, please contact: Lucille Chicoine at (802) 479-1402 or lucille.chicoine@vermont.gov

Supporting Documents

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 point for each GE are 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 2 requires Student Evaluation Teams to complete a communication inventory to determine an appropriate entry point level.

Science Entry Points
These comprehensive documents list all of the science entry points by grade cluster and symbolic level of communication (A, B & C). These documents are further supported by the Student Performance Scoring Guide which provides specific criteria 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 across grade clusters.

Grade Cluster PK-4

Grade Cluster 5-8

Grade Cluster 9-12


Linda Moreno at linda.moreno@vermont.gov or (802) 479-1309

Page Last Updated on July 27, 2015