Superintendent’s Memo #062-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 8, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Nominations for Standard Setting Committees for the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) for Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science

The Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement is accepting nominations for standard setting committees for the VAAP in Reading, Writing, Mathematics, and Science. Standard setting is necessary because of changes in the content assessed through the VAAP Collections of Evidence in 2012-2013. The standard setting meetings will be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia, on the dates indicated below, and will include the following committees:

Standard setting committees are responsible for recommending scores that reflect pass/proficient or pass/advanced. These recommendations will be submitted to the Board of Education, which will then determine the cut scores for pass/proficient and pass/advanced status. Approximately 12 teachers will be selected to serve on each committee. School divisions are encouraged to nominate a representative for each committee.
Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Committee members will be provided the following:

School divisions will be reimbursed for substitute teacher pay at a rate of $75 per day.

All nominees who wish to serve on the standard setting committees must complete the Web-based application using the Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). The Web-based application process requires a professional reference and division-level approval. Procedures for submitting the Web-based application are available at Completed applications should be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education using ACAPS by May 3, 2013.

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