Superintendent’s Memo #097-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

April 13, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Nominations for Range Finding Committee for the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)

The Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is accepting nominations for the VAAP range finding committee. The purpose of this committee is to review student work samples that will be used for training scorers in 2012-2013. Approximately 12 educators will be selected to serve on the committee. School divisions are encouraged to nominate representatives for the committee. The range finding committee meeting will be held July 17-19, 2012, in Richmond, Virginia.

The VAAP range finding committee members will be chosen based on the following criteria:

Committee members will be provided the following:

All nominees who wish to serve on the VAAP range finding committee 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 June 1, 2012.

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