Fall Growth Assessments

State legislation required the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to implement new assessments to measure student growth in reading and mathematics beginning in September 2021. The first administration of the Fall Growth Assessments was designed to identify any unfinished learning from last school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as collect data to pace and enrich instruction.

The Student Detail by Question (SDBQ) reports from the Fall Growth Assessments for students in grades 3-8 (except students enrolled in Algebra I in 2020) show the academic standards on which the student was assessed and whether the test item was answered correctly, without assigning a passing or failing score. The vertical scaled score identifies the level of instructional support the student may need during the school year.

The following resources will guide you in understanding your student’s Fall Growth Assessment reports.

Overview of the Student Detail By Question (SDBQ) Report
This document provides a general overview of the SDBQ Report.

Interpreting Vertical Scaled Scores: Fall 2021 Growth Assessments GRADES 3-8 READING
This documents applies to the vertical scaled scores reported on the Fall 2021 Grades 3-8 Reading Growth Assessments.

Interpreting Vertical Scaled Scores: Fall 2021 Growth Assessments GRADES 3-8 MATHEMATICS
This documents applies to the vertical scaled scores reported on the Fall 2021 Grades 3-8 Mathematics Growth Assessments.

Parent & Caregiver Resources for Growth Assessments
This is a newly developed webpage on the VDOE website to provide parents and caregivers with assessment and instruction resources related to the Fall 2021 Growth Assessments.