COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 93

April 28, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Nominations for the 2006 Standards of Learning Assessment Review Committees for Special and Plain English Mathematics Test Forms

 

The Division of Assessment and Reporting is accepting nominations from May 1 to 31, 2006, for participation in the following committees:

 

1. 2006 Standards of Learning Assessment Special Test Forms Review Committee, and

 

2. 2006 Standards of Learning Assessment Plain English Mathematics Test Forms Review Committees (four separate committees).

 

You are invited to identify one distinguished educator in your division for each of these five committees. All nominees must submit an application via the new Web-based process, Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). ACAPS is designed to be a paperless system for the submission and review of assessment committee applications from educators in Virginia public schools. An Internet browser must be used to access ACAPS at

https://eb01.vak12ed.edu/acaps or visit the Virginia
Department of Educations website at

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml

and select the ACAPS link.

 

Descriptions of the committees

 

The Special Test Forms Review Committee will be responsible for reviewing test items on the Braille, large-print, and regular audiotape special forms to be used with students who are visually impaired. Committee nominees should be educators with expertise in special education and experience with the administration of Braille, large-print, and regular audiotape special test forms.

 

The Plain English Test Forms Review Committees will be responsible for reviewing test items on Plain English mathematics test forms. The Plain English mathematics test covers the same content as the regular mathematics test, but test items have been modified to address issues related to non-native English speakers who may have been in the United States only a short time and thereby encounter language barriers. There will be four separate committees to represent grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, grades 7 and 8, and Algebra I. Committee nominees should be educators with expertise in limited English proficiency, experience in the instruction of mathematics (at one or more grade levels, 3 through 8 or Algebra I) and in-depth knowledge of the Standards of Learning.

 

Selection process

 

Fifteen members will be selected for each committee. Although committee participation is limited to one representative per school division, a school division may have multiple representatives serving on each of the five committees.

 

All members selected for these committees will be expected to:

 

         serve a one-year term;

         sign a Non-Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Agreement; and

         participate in the committee meeting(s) as scheduled by the Virginia Department of Education (see attachment).

 

The applicant must provide two professional references in support of his/her nomination and the division superintendent or designee must approve the nomination.

Provisions for committee members

 

Committee members will be provided the following:

 

         reimbursement for meals and travel expenses in accordance with state travel policy and guidelines;

         lodging;

         honorarium of $100 per meeting day for committee members not under contract with a school division at the time of meeting(s); and

         certificate for recertification points.

 

If you have questions, please contact Ronald Sutton, assessment specialist, Division of Assessment and Reporting, at Ronald.Sutton@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2913.

 

Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.

 

PIW/SLR/jc

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf093a.pdf