P.O. BOX 2120



December 5, 2008



Division Superintendents



Patricia I. Wright

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Nominations for the 2009 Standards of Learning Assessment Review Committees for Special Test Forms and Plain English Mathematics Test Forms


The Office of Assessment Development is accepting nominations from December 5, 2008, to January 30, 2009, for participation in the following committees:


1. 2009 Standards of Learning Assessment Special Test Forms Review Committee, and


2. 2009 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


Descriptions of the committees


The Special Test Forms Review Committee will be responsible for reviewing test items on the Braille and large-print forms for students who are visually impaired. Committee nominees should be educators with expertise in special education and experience with the administration of Braille and large-print test forms. The schedule for this committee is as follows:


Session 1 June 22-25, 2009

Session 2 October 6-9, 2009

Session 3 November 4-6, 2009


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 reduce the language load. There will be three separate committees to represent grades 3, 4, and 5, grades 6 and 7, and grade 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. The schedule for these committees is as follows:


Grades 3, 4, and 5 October 6, 2009

Grades 6 and 7  October 7, 2009

Grade 8 and Algebra I October 8, 2009


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.

All individuals who wish to serve on a 2009 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;


         honorarium of $100 per meeting day for committee members not under contract with a school division at the time of the meeting; and

         certificate for recertification points.


If you have questions, please contact the Office of Assessment Development at or (804) 225-2918.


Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.