Superintendent’s Memo #279-15

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 20, 2015

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Nominations for the 2016 Standards of Learning Item and Test Review Committees

The Office of Assessment Development is seeking nominations for the 2016 Standards of Learning (SOL) Item and Test Review Committees.  The committee meetings will be held in Richmond, Virginia, according to the attached schedule.  Approximately 15 members are needed for each of the 29 committees, and school divisions may nominate one or more representatives for each committee.

Committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Committee members selected for the 2016 SOL Item and Test Review Committees will be expected to:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All individuals who wish to serve on the 2016 committees, including those who have previously served, 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 February 12, 2016.  Committee members may not use membership on a committee or information gained through the review process to write test items, author or co-author textbooks or professional journals, or any such publications related to the Virginia Standards of Learning for personal financial gain or for the financial gain of any organization.

An informational video that provides an overview of the item and test review process, along with reflections from Virginia educators who have participated in this process, can be found on the Virginia Department of Education Web site at:

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

Your continued support of this effort is greatly appreciated.



  1. 2016 Standards of Learning Item and Test Review Committee Schedule (PDF)