COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 17

January 25, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

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 Holiday Inn Koger Center, Richmond, Virginia.

 

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;

         lodging; and

         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

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 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.

 

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