COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 41

June 28, 2002

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Participation in Pilot Testing of Writing Prompts for Standards of Learning English: Writing Assessments

 

 

As part of the continuing development of the Standards of Learning English: Writing Assessment, Harcourt Educational Measurement will be conducting a pilot test of writing prompts during the period of September 23-27, 2002. This pilot testing is necessary to ensure the technical quality of the writing prompts used in future administrations of the English: Writing Test.

 

A sample of approximately 15,000 sixth-, ninth-, and twelfth-grade students from across Virginia is needed to participate in the pilot testing. Each student will be asked to write a paper in response to a prompt. The administration of the writing prompt typically requires one or two class periods.

 

The Department of Education is seeking classrooms in your division to participate in the pilot testing. From the pool of volunteers, the department will select a sample to be representative of the state in terms of demographic factors such as geography, race/ethnicity, and school and division sizes. Please indicate on the attached form your willingness for some classrooms or schools in your division to volunteer to participate in this pilot testing. If you choose to participate, please indicate the person to be contacted, the schools, and the number of classrooms willing to participate. Forms must be returned to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by August 12, 2002.

 

Questions may be addressed to Shelley Loving-Ryder (mailto:sryder@mail.vak12ed.edu) or Suzanne Trevvett (mailto:strevvet@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 225-2102.

 

JLD/SLR/jc

 

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