SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 63
March 26, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Nomination of Teachers, Administrators, and Supervisory Personnel to Participate in Standard-Setting and Validation Studies|
The Virginia Department of Education is requesting your assistance in nominating teachers, administrators, and supervisory personnel to participate in standard-setting and validation studies for Praxis II subject area tests and the School Leaders Licensure Assessment for principals and supervisory personnel. As you are aware, the Board of Education requires individuals seeking initial licensure to take and pass Praxis I Academic Skills Assessments (reading, writing, and mathematics) and Praxis II subject area examinations. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has developed several new subject area assessments, including content tests for middle education in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Prior to establishing passing scores on these new assessments, standard-setting and validation studies must be conducted. The Licensure Regulations for School Personnel, effective July 1, 1998, allow an option that individuals seeking an endorsement in administration and supervision may complete a beginning administration and supervision assessment or participate in a full-time internship. A School Leaders Licensure Assessment has been developed. This assessment will undergo standard-setting and validation studies during the summer. Please use the following criteria as stipulated by ETS in nominating participants for the studies. * each individual must hold a valid Virginia Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional license in the subject to be reviewed; * each individual must be currently employed in one or more areas being reviewed; * each teacher must have at least one year, but not more than seven years, of classroom experience; * each administrator (principal or assistant principal) or supervisor must have at least one year, but not more than seven years, of administrative or supervisory experience. If teachers have more than seven years of experience and you would like to nominate them to participate, they must have recently supervised a student teacher or have been a mentor to a first-year teacher. Experience parameters have been established because the Praxis II Subject Assessments are required for an initial teaching license. Teachers in your division who are teaching with a Provisional License and who will need to take one or more of the subject assessments in the future to be eligible for the Collegiate Professional or Postgraduate Professional License will not be eligible to participate in the study. Teachers who are selected for the middle education tests will participate on June 24 or 25, 1999. Principals, assistant principals, and supervisors will participate for two days, June 22-23, 1999. The site will be in the greater Richmond area. Participants must agree to be present for the full time required to conduct the study. Participant expenses (travel, meals, and lodging)and a $50 per day honorarium will be provided. Please share with your nominees the fact that not all of them may be selected. ETS must assure that appropriate representation on each panel includes diversity of race, gender, ethnicity of individuals, and rural, urban, and suburban school divisions. A nomination form is enclosed for your use that may be copied for each nominee. Please send the completed forms to Ms. Marlene Leggett of ETS at the address below no later than April 23, 1999. Individuals will be notified directly of their selection and logistics for participation in the studies. Ms. Marlene Leggett Program Administrator Educational Testing Service Rosedale Road, Mail Stop 15-D Princeton, NJ 08541 FAX: 609-734-5450 Thank you for your assistance in this project. If you have questions regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Teacher Education and Licensure, at (804) 371-2522. PDS/sa Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.