Alternate Science Assessment

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). Applications will be reviewed by the Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, and feedback/approval provided to Student Evaluation Teams.

VTAAP Science Portfolio

  • Administration Guidelines:  all Student Evaluation Teams (SET) are strongly encouraged to read and review this comprehensive guidelines document about VTAAP science assessment requirements and procedures.
  • Summary of Essential Requirements:  a table that serves as a convenient reference for case managers compiling the portfolio, detailing due dates for each form and its essential elements.
  • VTAAP Forms: available as a Excel spreadsheet. A separate Excel file should be copied directly into each participating student’s folder. Forms within the spreadsheet are linked and essential information will be auto-filled across forms. Contact Lucille Chicoine if you have questions on how to fill out the forms. Questions on the content of the forms, please contact Linda Moreno.

Supporting Documents

Levels of Symbolic Development:  the three different entry points for each grade expectation are associated with specific levels of symbolic communication development. 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 and C). These documents are further supported by the Student Performance Scoring Guide which provides specific criteria for each entry point.

Assessment Guides


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. 


Email Linda Moreno, Assessment Coordinator for Special Populations, or call (802) 479-1309.

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