COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 250

November 30, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Nominations for the 2008 Standards of Learning Assessment Review Committees for Special and Plain English Mathematics Test Forms

 

The Office of Assessment Development is accepting nominations from November 30, 2007, to January 31, 2008, for participation in the following committees:

 

1. 2008 Standards of Learning Assessment Special Test Forms Review Committee, and

 

2. 2008 Standards of Learning Assessment Plain English Mathematics Test Forms Review Committees (four separate committees).

 

You are invited to identify educator(s) in your division for each of these five committees. All nominees must submit an application through the Web-based process, Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). 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.

 

Descriptions of the committees

 

The Special Test Forms Review Committee will be responsible for reviewing test items on the Braille, large-print, and regular audio special forms for 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 audio 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 tests incorporate the same content as the regular mathematics tests, but items have been modified to address issues for non-native English speakers. 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

 

Twelve members will be selected for each committee. 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).

 

All individuals who wish to serve on a 2008 forms review committee, including those who have previously served, must complete the Web-based application. The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and approval from the division superintendent or designee.

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 the Office of Assessment Development at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2918.

 

Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.

 

BKCJr/SLR/cd

 

Attachment

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf250a.pdf