DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 17
January 25, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Nominations for the VGLA Standard Setting Committees for Grades 3, 5, and 8 Science Standards of Learning Tests
The Office of Assessment Development is accepting
nominations for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Standard Setting
Committees for Grades 3, 5, and 8 Science Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. The
committee meetings will be conducted April 1-2, 2008, at the
The standard setting committee is responsible for recommending scores that reflect student performance levels of pass/proficient and pass/advanced status. These recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Education, which will then decide the cut scores for pass/proficient and pass/advanced.
Approximately 15 educators will be selected to serve on each of the three committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate a representative for each committee.
Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:
instructional/supervisory training and experience with the Science Standards of Learning for grades 3, 5, or 8;
instructional/supervisory experience with students who have disabilities that participate in the VGLA science assessments; 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;
certificate for recertification points (pending local approval).
All nominees who wish to serve on the VGLA science standard setting 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
Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by February 22, 2008.
If you have questions, please contact the Office of Assessment Development at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2918.