Superintendent's Memo #105-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 17, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Grade Level Alternative Range Finding Committees

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is seeking nominees to serve on the range finding committees for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA). The range finding committees will assist in the selection of student work samples for use in training scorers for spring 2010. Approximately 12 educators will be selected to serve on each of the four committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate representatives for each committee.

The VGLA range finding committee meetings will be held in Richmond, Virginia, as follows:

October 1-2, 2009 1) VGLA Grades 3 through 5 Reading;
Grade 3 History/Social Science;
Virginia Studies; and Grade 5 Writing
  2) VGLA Grades 3 through 5
Mathematics; Grades 3 and 5
October 20-21, 2009 3) VGLA Grades 6 through 8 Reading;
U.S. History to 1877,
U.S. History: 1877 to the Present,
Civics & Economics; and
Grade 8 Writing
  4) VGLA Grades 6 through 8
Mathematics and Grade 8 Science

The VGLA range finding committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All nominees must submit an application through the Web-based process, Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). ACAPS is a “paperless” system for the submission and review of assessment committee applications from educators in Virginia public schools. The Web-based application process requires one professional reference and the division superintendent’s or superintendent’s designee approval. An Internet browser must be used to access ACAPS at Completed Web-based VGLA range finding applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education by May 15, 2009.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting by e-mail at or call (804) 225-2918.

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