COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 9, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) mathematics assessment will be implemented in Virginia schools beginning in spring 2012. The VMAST is an alternate assessment designed for students with disabilities identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), who are instructed in grade level content, but are not likely to achieve proficiency in the same time frame as their nondisabled peers. The VMAST will provide eligible students with disabilities access to online assessments in mathematics and reading that include research-based supports identified by Virginia educators.
In preparation for the implementation of VMAST mathematics test, the Office of Test Administration, Scoring and Reporting is accepting nominations for the 2012 VMAST Item Review Mathematics Committees. The purpose of the committees is to review mathematics items (questions) proposed for use in the spring 2012 administration. Approximately 12 members will be selected to serve on each of the four committees.
The committee meetings will be conducted January 10-12, 2012, (or if there is inclement weather, January 18-20, 2012), at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump, Richmond, Virginia, as follows:
Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:
Members selected for the 2012 VMAST Item Review Mathematics Committees will be expected to:
Committee members will be provided the following:
School divisions will be reimbursed for substitute teacher pay at a rate of $75 per day.
All nominees must submit an application through the Web-based Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and division-level approval. Procedures for submitting the application are available at https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/acaps/.
Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by October 28, 2011.
If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.