Superintendent's Memo #115-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 14, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

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

As announced in Superintendent’s Memorandum No. 114-10, May 14, 2010, the Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) will be implemented in Virginia schools over the next two years. The VMAST is an alternate assessment designed for students with disabilities identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), who are instructed in grade level content, but are not likely to achieve proficiency in the same time frame as their nondisabled peers. The VMAST will provide eligible students with access to online assessments in reading and mathematics that include research-based supports identified by Virginia educators.

VMAST mathematics assessments will be available for eligible students with disabilities in grades 3 through 8 and Algebra I beginning in 2011-2012. A large scale field test of VMAST mathematics assessments will be conducted in spring 2011. The VMAST reading assessments will be available for eligible students in grades 3 through 8 and End-of-Course English: Reading beginning in 2012 -2013. Reading assessments will be field tested in spring 2011-12.

In preparation for the spring 2011 field test of VMAST mathematics items, committees of Virginia educators will be convened this summer to identify supports that may be added to items to make them more accessible for students identified as eligible for VMAST.

Educators in mathematics and/or special education who provide instruction and/or supervision for students with disabilities in grades 3 – 8 and Algebra I will be selected to serve on the item support committee. The VMAST committee meetings will be conducted July 22 and 23, 2010, at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center, Glen Allen, Virginia. School divisions are encouraged to nominate one or more representatives.

The VMAST item support 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 division 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 June 7, 2010.

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