SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 72
April 5, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
At its March 28, 1996 meeting, the Board of Education met in executive session to discuss the intent to enter into a competitive bid process relative to Virginia's new assessment program. After the session, the Board announced several policy decisions related to the new testing program as listed below. The Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop and implement Virginia's new assessment system should request that potential contractors submit proposals for testing in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. This decision was influenced by recent legislative action that proposed funding for testing in up to four grade levels. The RFP should request that potential contractors propose plans for developing tests that are as technically sound as possible at all grade levels and content areas to be assessed. Writing assessments should be included in the grade 8 and grade 10 assessments. Tests should be machine scorable with a minimum number of non machine scorable items as may be required to address particular SOLs. The Board will continue its discussion of assessment at its April meeting in Roanoke. We will continue to update you as information becomes available. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact Doris Redfield, Division Chief for Assessment and Reporting, at 804/225-2102 or firstname.lastname@example.org. WCBJr/DLR/jcc