Superintendent’s Memo #073-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

March 22, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Nominations for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Science Assessments Alignment Review Committees

Guidance from the United States Department of Education regarding assessments used to meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) stipulates that states must conduct studies documenting the alignment of statewide assessments with the state content standards.  To meet this requirement, the Virginia Department of Education is convening committees of Virginia educators to review Standards of Learning (SOL) tests based on the 2010 science SOL to determine the degree of alignment of assessments and standards.  The science assessments alignment review committee meetings will be conducted June 17, 2013, in Richmond, Virginia.  Registration for the committee meetings will open at 8 a.m. with the meetings commencing at 8:30 a.m. and concluding by 5:30 p.m.

The Virginia Department of Education is seeking nominations for membership on the SOL science assessments alignment review committees as follows:

Approximately twelve educators will be selected to serve on each of the committees listed above, and school divisions are encouraged to nominate one representative for each committee.

Committee members will be chosen according to the following criteria:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All individuals who wish to serve on the 2013 Science Alignment Review Committees, including those who have previously served on other committees, must submit an online application through the Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS).  The application will require a professional reference and division approval.  The procedure for submitting the online application is available at  Completed applications are due to the Virginia Department of Education 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.