Superintendent's Memo #135-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 15, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Nominations for the 2009 Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Item Development Committees

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is seeking nominees for the 2009 Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Item Development Committees. The Alternate ACCESS for ELLs is an alternate English language proficiency (ELP) assessment for limited English proficient (LEP) students with significant cognitive disabilities. It is based on the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium ELP standards and model performance indicators.

The committees will review and revise existing Alternate ACCESS for ELLs items and develop new items for the 2009-2010 pilot test. The committee meetings will be held July 14-15, 2009, at the Westin Richmond Hotel, Richmond, Virginia.

Eight members are needed for the following grade cluster committee:

Five members are needed for each of the following grade cluster committees:

School divisions are encouraged to nominate one or more representatives for each committee. Nominees should be educators who have experience with LEP students with significant cognitive disabilities, such as

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 applications are due to the Virginia Department of Education by June 5, 2009.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff at or (804) 225-2107.

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