P.O. BOX 2120



November 17, 2006



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Nominations for the 2007 Standards of Learning Assessments Content Review Committees


The Division of Assessment and Reporting is seeking nominations for the 2007 Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments Content Review Committees. Fifteen members are needed for each of the 35 content committees. Each school principal will be mailed recruitment posters targeting teachers. We ask that these recruitment posters be displayed prominently in the school building. School divisions are encouraged to nominate one or more representatives for each content committee. See attachment for committee schedule.

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:


       grade-level experience and content area expertise;

       in-depth knowledge of the SOL;

       instructional/supervisory experience with students of varied learning styles, abilities, and aptitudes, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency; and

       balanced regional representation.

Committee members selected for the 2007 SOL Assessments Content Review Committees will be expected to:


       serve a one-year term;

       sign a Non-Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Agreement;

       participate in committee meetings scheduled by the Virginia Department of Education;

       review the SOL test forms for alignment with the test blueprints;

       examine test items to confirm a match with the SOL;

         review test items for appropriateness and fairness;

       examine field test data for potential test items; and

       recommend whether items are to be included in the test item bank.


Committee members will be provided the following:


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


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

       certificate for recertification points (pending local approval).


Individuals may initiate the application process for the 2007 Content Review Committees or be nominated. In either case, all nominees who wish to serve on the 2007 committees must complete a Web-based application. The application submission window opens December 4, 2006, and closes January 31, 2007. All applicants who have previously served on these committees must also complete the Web-based application. The Web-based application process will require a professional reference and approval from the division superintendent. Procedures for submitting the Web-based application will be available at by December 4, 2006.

You are invited to nominate one or more distinguished educators in your division for each of the 35 committees. Completed applications are due to the Virginia Department of Education through the Web-based process by January 31, 2007.


If you have questions, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at or by phone at (804) 225-2107.


Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.