Virginia Board of Education
Establishing the Standards of Learning Technical Advisory Committee
Resolution Number 1999-3
April 28, 1999
WHEREAS the Virginia Board of Education recognizes and acknowledges the complex technical issues associated with the on-going development of the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests;
WHEREAS the Standards of Learning tests represent the instruments by which student acquisition of the skills and knowledge embodied in the Virginia Standards of Learning is evaluated;
WHEREAS information from the Standards of Learning tests is used for student remediation, school accreditation, and various locally determined purposes;
WHEREAS the SOL tests must be continually reviewed with respect to their technical merit and psychometric foundation;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Virginia Board of Education shall establish a Standards of Learning (SOL) Technical Advisory Committee.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SOL Technical Advisory Committee shall:
1. Consist of a Chairperson and four members appointed by the President of the Virginia Board of Education, drawn from a national pool of individuals with expertise in the psychometric characteristics of large-scale assessments, and with no conflict of interest related to the Virginia Standards of Learning testing program.
2. Be appointed for a five-year term subject to renewal by the President of the Board of Education.
3. Provide technical advice and assistance on test reliability and validity, item and test development, data analysis, scaling, equating, reporting, and other topics, as needed.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the SOL Technical Advisory Committee shall present its findings to the Virginia Board of Education via its President and shall operate according to a Memorandum of Understanding developed by the Board of Education.
Kirk T. Schroder, President
Board of Education
Adopted in the Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education
April 28, 1999