Superintendent's Memo #264-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 29, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Nominations for the 2011 Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) Item Review Mathematics Committees

The Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) mathematics assessment will be field-tested in spring 2011 and implemented in Virginia schools beginning in 2011-2012. 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 disabilities access to online assessments in reading and mathematics that include research-based supports identified by Virginia educators.

In preparation for the VMAST mathematics field test, the Office of Test Administration, Scoring and Reporting is accepting nominations for the 2011 VMAST Item Review Mathematics Committees. The purpose of the committees is to review mathematics items (questions) that will be used in the field test. Approximately 15 members will be selected to serve on each of the four committees.

The committee meetings will be conducted January 12-13, 2011, (or if there is inclement weather, January 19-20), in Richmond, Virginia as follows:

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Members selected for the 2011 VMAST Item Review Mathematics Committees will be expected to:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All nominees must submit an application through the Web-based Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and division-level approval. Procedures for submitting the application are available at

Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by November 30, 2010.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.