COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
October 30, 2015
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement is seeking nominations for a standard setting committee for the ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information Test which has been nominated as a substitute test for the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course Reading Test. Substitute tests for verified credit are described as follows in the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, Section 8 VAC 20-131-110C, Standard and Verified Units of Credit at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/index.shtml:
The Board of Education may from time to time approve additional tests for the purpose of awarding verified credit. Such additional tests, which enable students to earn verified units of credit must, at a minimum, meet the following criteria:
The standard setting committee meeting will be held in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday, December 3, 2015. The standard setting committee will be responsible for:
Approximately six teachers will be selected to serve on the committee. School divisions are encouraged to nominate a high school representative for the committee. Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:
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 who wish to serve on the standard setting committee 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 November 13, 2015.
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.SRS/SLR/cd