COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 239

November 9, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Alternative and Alternate Assessments Range Finding Committees

 

The Division of Assessment and Reporting is seeking nominations for membership on the range finding committees for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Program and the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP). The range finding committees will assist in the selection of student work samples to be used in training scorers in spring 2007. Approximately 12 educators will be selected to serve on each of the seven committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate representatives for each committee.

 

The range finding committee meetings will be conducted at the Doubletree Hotel Richmond Airport, Richmond, Virginia. The meeting schedule is as follows:

 

December 4-7, 2006 1) VGLA Grades 3-4 Reading and

Grade 3 History/Social Science

2) VGLA Grades 3-4 Mathematics and

Grade 3 Science

 

January 9-12, 2007 3) VGLA Grades 7-8 Reading and

Grade 8 History/Social Science

4) VGLA Grades 7-8 Mathematics and

Grade 8 Science

 

January 16-19, 2007 5) VGLA Grades 5-6 Reading and Virginia

Studies

6) VGLA Grades 5-6 Mathematics and

Grade 5 Science

 

January 23-26, 2007 In event of inclement weather, VGLA committee alternate dates

 

January 29- 7) VAAP Range Finding Committee (Grades

February 2, 2007 3-5, Grades 6-8 Reading, Mathematics,

Science, and History/Social Science)

Committee members will be chosen according to the following criteria:

 

  • expertise in the instruction of students with disabilities who participate in the VGLA or VAAP program; and
  • balanced regional representation.

Committee members will be provided the following:

 

  • reimbursement for meals and travel expenses in accordance with state travel policy and procedures;
  • lodging; and
  • a certificate for recertification points.

 

Individuals may initiate the application process for the range finding committees or may be nominated. In either case, all nominees must complete the attached application and obtain written approval from their division superintendent. Completed applications for the December committee meetings must be received at the Virginia Department of Education by November 20, 2006. All other applications must be received by December 5.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

 

BKCJr/SLR/jc

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf239a.doc