COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 57

March 5, 2004

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Nominations for Standard Setting Committees for the Stanford English Language Proficiency Tests and the Standards of Learning Plain English Mathematics Tests

 

The Division of Assessment and Reporting is seeking nominations for membership on the Standard Setting Committees for the Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) tests (Levels 3-5 and 6-8) and Standards of Learning Plain English Mathematics tests (Grades 3, 5, and 8). Approximately 15-20 educators will be selected for each of the five committees. These committees will make recommendations regarding the two cut scores for each content area/grade level test by identifying (1) a range of scores that students must attain for proficient level and (2) a range of scores that students must attain for advanced level. School divisions are encouraged to nominate at least one representative for each committee.

 

Stanford English Language Proficiency Tests

 

As outlined in Superintendents Memorandum, Administrative, Number 4, January 30, 2004, the state-approved English language proficiency assessment for the 2003-2004 school year, as required in Section 1111 (b) (7) of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, will be the SELP test. Beginning with the 2003-2004 school year, limited English proficiency (LEP) students at the lower levels of English language proficiency (Level 1 and Level 2 as determined by Virginias English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning) in grades 3, 5, and 8 will have the option to use the reading component of the SELP test as a proxy for the English: Reading Standards of Learning assessment. LEP students scores on the reading component of the SELP test will be used to calculate adequate yearly progress (AYP) for schools, school divisions, and the state.

Standard of Learning Plain English Mathematics Tests

 

Beginning with the spring 2004 SOL testing administration, a plain English version of the grades 3,5,and 8 mathematics test will be available for LEP students classified at Level 1 or Level 2 of English language proficiency. These tests cover the same content as the regular grades 3, 5, and 8 mathematics tests but have been modified to address issues related to non-native English speakers who may have been in this country only a short time and encounter language barriers. Students with disabilities may also qualify for this test based on their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or 504 plans.

 

The recommendations of the standard setting committees will be provided to the Board of Education that will make a final decision for cut scores that are equivalent to pass proficient and pass advanced. The SELP reading test and the SOL grades 3, 5, and 8 plain English mathematics tests for future administrations will be statistically equated to the tests on which the cut scores were set so the same level of proficiency will be required for students to be considered proficient and advanced.

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

 

         Mathematics and reading content area/grade level expertise and experience;

         in-depth knowledge of the Standards of Learning;

         instructional experience for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency based on varied learning styles, abilities, and aptitudes; and

         balanced regional representation.

Members selected for the committees will be expected to:

 

         examine a test form and make recommendations regarding the two cut scores that students must attain for pass/proficient-level and pass/advanced-level.

 

Committee members will be provided the following:

 

 

Individuals may initiate the application process for these standard setting committees or may be nominated. In either case, all nominees must complete an application. Nominees who have submitted an application to serve on the Standards of Learning Assessment Content Review committees during the summer of 2004 will need to complete certain pages of this application. All applicants must provide two professional references and obtain written approval from their division superintendent.

 

You are invited to identify in your division one distinguished educator for each of the five standards setting committees. Applications must be submitted by March 19, 2004.

 

If you have questions, please contact LB Hall, associate director, Division of Assessment and Reporting at darfax@mail.vak12ed.edu or by phone at (804) 786-9422.

 

JLD/SLR/LBH/jc

 

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