COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 12

January 18, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Nominations for the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards Alignment Study Committees

 

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is accepting nominations for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards Alignment Study Committees. Six educators will be selected for each of the twelve committees based on grade level clusters which are kindergarten through 2, 3 through 5, 6 through 8, and 9 through 12, and the content areas of reading, mathematics, and science. Each committee will be responsible for reviewing the standards, and entering the results of their review into an online alignment tool. The committee meetings will be conducted March 6-7, 2008, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Math Emporium, Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

School divisions are encouraged to nominate one or more representatives for each alignment study committee. Nominees may include grade-level content teachers, English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, school administrators, Title III/ESL coordinators, and curriculum and instructional specialists.

 

The alignment study committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

 

         instructional/supervisory training and experience;

         instructional/supervisory experience with limited English proficient students; and

         balanced regional representation.

 

Committee members will be provided the following:

 

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

         lodging; and

         certificate for recertification points (pending local approval).

 

All nominees who wish to serve on the WIDA ELP Standards Alignment Study Committees must complete the Web-based application using the Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and approval from the division superintendent or designee. Procedures for submitting the Web-based application are available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/ACAPS/index.htm.

 

Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by February 8, 2008.

 

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

 

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