Superintendent’s Memo #101-12

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 Committees for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA)

For the 2012-2013 school year, the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) will be available to students with disabilities in the content areas of writing, history/social science and science and to Limited English Proficient students only in the area of reading.  In preparation for next year’s administration, the Office of Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting is accepting nominations for the VGLA range finding committees. The purpose of these committees 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 each of the four committees. School divisions are encouraged to nominate representatives for each committee.  The VGLA range finding committee meetings will be held in Richmond as follows:

September 25-26, 2012

  1. VGLA Reading Grades 3, 4 and 5
  2. VGLA Writing Grade 5
  3. VGLA History/Social Science Grade 3 and Virginia Studies
  4. VGLA Science Grades 3 and 5

October 10-11, 2012

  1. VGLA Reading Grades 6, 7 and 8
  2. VGLA Writing Grade 8
  3. VGLA U.S. History to 1865 (U.S. History I), U.S. History 1865 to the Present (U.S. History II), and Civics & Economics
  4. VGLA Science Grade 8

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 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 29, 2012.

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