Superintendent's Memo #313-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 6, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Nominations for 2010 Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) Item Review Committees

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is accepting nominations for the Grade-8 Reading and Mathematics VMAST Item Review Committees. The VMAST is an alternate assessment designed for a small population of students with disabilities who are learning grade-level standards but who are not expected to progress at the same rate as regular education students. This assessment provides supports and simplifications to existing Standards of Learning grade-8 reading and mathematics online assessment items.

Approximately 12 educators in special education and general education who provide instruction and/or supervision for students with disabilities will be selected for each of the two committees. The VMAST committee meetings will be conducted January 12-13, 2010, Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Glen Allen, Virginia. School divisions are encouraged to nominate one or more representatives.

The VMAST item review 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 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 designee’s approval. An Internet browser must be used to access ACAPS at Completed Web-based applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education by December 4, 2009.

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