COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 214

October 5, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Program Range Finding Committees

 

The Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement is seeking nominees to serve on the range finding committees for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Program. The range finding committees will assist in the selection of student work samples for use in training scorers in spring 2008. Approximately 12 educators will be selected to serve on each of the six committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate representatives for each committee.

 

The range finding committee meetings will be held at the Doubletree Hotel Richmond Airport, Richmond, Virginia, as follows:

 

October 30- 1) VGLA Grades 3-4 Reading and

November 1, 2007 Grade 3 History/Social Science

2) VGLA Grades 3-4 Mathematics and

Grade 3 Science

 

November 6-8, 2007 3) VGLA Grades 5-6 Reading, Virginia

Studies, and U.S. History to 1877

4) VGLA Grades 5-6 Mathematics and

Grade 5 Science

December 4-6, 2007 5) VGLA Grades 7-8 Reading, U.S.

History from 1877, Civics and

Economics, and Grade 8

History/Social Science

6) VGLA Grades 7-8 Mathematics and Grade 8 Science

 

All nominees must submit an application through the Web-based process, Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). ACAPS is a paperless system for the submission and review of assessment committee applications from educators in Virginia public schools. The division superintendent or superintendents designee must approve the application. An Internet browser must be used to access ACAPS at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/ACAPS/index.htm or visit the Virginia Department of Educations website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml and select the ACAPS link.

 

Committee members will be chosen according to the following criteria:

 

  • expertise in teaching students with disabilities or limited English proficiency who participate in the VGLA 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.

 

Completed Web-based VGLA applications for grades 3-4 and 5-6 must be received at the Virginia Department of Education by October 22, 2007. Applications for grades 7 and 8 must be received by November 2.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting by e-mail at student_assessment@doe.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-2107.

 

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