Superintendent’s Memo #259-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

September 21, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Nominations for the 2013 Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) Reading Item Review Committees

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is accepting nominations for the 2013 VMAST Reading Item Review Committees.  The VMAST is an alternate assessment designed for students with disabilities 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 provides eligible students with disabilities access to online assessments in reading that include research-based supports and simplifications identified by Virginia educators.

The purpose of the committees is to review reading items proposed for use in the spring 2013 administration.  Approximately 12 members will be selected to serve on each of the four committees.

The committee meetings will be conducted January 15-17, 2013, (or if there is inclement weather, January 22-24, 2013), in Richmond, Virginia as follows:

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Members selected for the 2013 VMAST Item Review Reading 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 November 2, 2012.

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

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