**COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education**

September 9, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Office of Assessment Development is accepting nominations for standard setting committees for the *Mathematics Standards of Learning* (SOL) tests. Standard setting is necessary because of the implementation of new mathematics tests based on the new 2009 Mathematics SOL in 2011-2012. The committee meetings will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel and Conference Center, Glen Allen, Virginia, as follows:

November 1-3, 2011

- End-of-Course (EOC) Algebra I
- EOC Algebra II
- EOC Geometry

January 31-February 1-2, 2012

- Grade 3 Mathematics
- Grade 4 Mathematics
- Grade 5 Mathematics
- Grade 6 Mathematics
- Grade 7 Mathematics
- Grade 8 Mathematics

The standard setting committees are responsible for recommending cut scores that reflect students’ achievement status. These recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Education, which will then decide the cut scores for fail basic (grades 3-8 only) *pass/proficient* and *pass/advanced* status. For Algebra II, a college ready cut score will be determined in lieu of a pass/advanced cut score. Approximately 20 teachers will be selected to serve on each of the nine committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate a representative for each committee.

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

- instructional training and experience in the mathematics content area;
- in-depth knowledge of the
*Mathematics Standards of Learning*; - instructional experience with students who have disabilities and/or students with limited English proficiency; 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
- attendance certificate for recertification points (pending local approval).

School divisions will be reimbursed for substitute teacher pay at a rate of $75 per day.

All nominees who wish to serve on the 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 division-level approval. Procedures for submitting the Web-based application are available at https://p1pe.doe.virginia.gov/acaps/.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by September 30, 2011.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

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