COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 72

November 19, 2002

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

History and Social Science 2001 Standards of Learning Blueprints

 

Superintendents Informational Memo No.159 dated November 15, 2002, reminded school divisions that beginning in 2003-2004, the Standards of Learning test will assess the entire 2001 History and Social Science Standards of Learning. In preparation for the full implementation of these standards, new history and social science blueprints have been developed and are available at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Assessment/HistoryBlueprints03/. The revised blueprints are effective with the fall 2003 administration of the History and Social Science Standards of Learning tests.

 

Beginning in 2003-2004 school divisions may choose to administer separate tests for United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics. These courses are currently assessed on a cumulative test administered in grades 7 or 8. Blueprints for these new tests are available at the website referenced above.

 

The revised blueprints are being made available at this time to assist school divisions with curriculum and instructional planning for the 2003-2004 school year and beyond. Please remind teachers that the new blueprints are not effective until fall 2003.

 

A question and answer document that addresses issues related to the implementation of the revised blueprints and the new tests for United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics may be found at the website referenced above.

 

For further information, please contact Colleen C. Bryant (mailto:cbryant@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary history and social science specialist, at (804) 786-4640.

 

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