P.O. BOX 2120



November 19, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Nominations for the 2005 Standards of Learning Assessments Content Review Committees



The Division of Assessment and Reporting is seeking nominations for membership on the 2005 Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessments Content Review Committees. Fifteen members are needed for each of the 35 content committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate at least one representative for each content committee.


The committee selection system allows for a partial rotation of membership on an annual basis. A partial rotation of committee members annually will provide an opportunity for more teachers to contribute to the development of the Standards of Learning assessments while retaining the experience and knowledge of veteran committee members.


Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:


       grade-level and content area expertise and experience;

       in-depth knowledge of the Standards of Learning;

       instructional/supervisory experience with students of varied learning styles, abilities, and aptitudes, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency; and

       balanced regional representation.

Committee members selected for the 2005 Standards of Learning Assessments Content Review Committees will be expected to:


       serve a one-year term with the option to apply for a second- or third-year term in 2006;

       sign a Non-Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Agreement;

       participate in committee meetings as scheduled by the Virginia Department of Education in Richmond (see tentative schedule on page 4 in the application packet);

       review the Standards of Learning test forms for alignment with the test blueprints;

       examine test items to confirm a match with the Standards of Learning and review items for appropriateness and fairness;

       examine field test data for potential test items; and

       recommend items to be included in the test item bank, edited to be field tested, or dismissed from further consideration.


Committee members will be provided the following:


       reimbursement for meals and travel expenses in accordance with state travel policy and guidelines;


       honorarium of $50 per meeting day for committee members not under contract with a school division at the time of meetings; and

       certificate for recertification points.


Individuals may initiate the application process for the 2005 Content Review Committees or may be nominated. In either case, all nominees must complete an application. Nominees who have served on committees previously for one or two years will only need to complete certain pages of the application. Nominees who have served three consecutive years must begin a new cycle by completing all pages of the application. All applicants must provide two professional references in support of their nomination and obtain approval from the division superintendent. Detailed information is included in the application packet that outlines requirements, provisions, selection criteria, and a prototype of a typical meeting days agenda.

You are invited to identify in your division one distinguished educator for each of the 35 committees and encourage them to apply for this important service. Completed applications are due to the Virginia Department of Education by January 31, 2005.


If you have questions, please contact Ronald Sutton, assessment specialist, Division of Assessment and Reporting, at or by phone at (804) 225-2913.


Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.