Virginia Schools Improve Student Assessment

The Virginia Department of Education now offers SAS® analytic softwareandInteractive Achievement (IA)to help school districts better assess and measure student growth. IA assessments can complement state testing conducted in support of Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools.SAS® Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS®) for K-12can be used to analyze formative test results.

Through additional standards-based assessments and more frequent student growth analyses, teachers can identify opportunities for student improvement and have a clearer view of their own performance. SOL establishes minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in many different subject areas.

Through the collaboration between SAS and IA, Virginia districts can implement growth assessments in math, English, science and social studies. The SAS-IA collaboration is the only approved provider of student growth assessments and in-depth analysis in all four required subjects. IA tests give teachers additional indicators of student performance, while EVAAS measures and reports on student growth and offers one important perspective on teacher effectiveness. Additionally, EVAAS projects each student's likelihood of success on future assessments and college readiness benchmarks.

IA, which also provides assessments for kindergarten to second grade that are not covered by the state's SOL tests, offers all assessments online. IA currently provides various assessment and reporting services to more than 100 Virginia school divisions.