SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 86
May 3, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Board of Education Resolution on Assessment|
On April 25, 1996 the Board of Education adopted a resolution concerning Virginia's new assessment system which will have two components: 1) assessments based on the revised Standards of Learning (SOLs) and 2) nationally norm-referenced assessments. The SOL-based component is scheduled for field-testing in the Spring, 1997. The nationally norm-referenced component will be first administered in the Spring, 1997. Highlights of the attached resolution, which represents modifications and/or confirmation of the Board's tentative decisions at its March, 1996 meeting, are provided below. SOL-Based Assessments The Department of Education (DOE) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop, administer, score, and report results of statewide standardized assessments. - The purpose of these assessments will be to measure students' achievement in acquiring and applying the knowledge and academic skills defined in the English, Mathematics, Science, History, and Technology SOLs, and to measure students' skills in analyzing, reasoning, synthesizing information, making comparisons, and drawing inferences. - Grade levels: 3, 5, 8, 11. The grade 3 SOL-based assessments will include K-3 SOLs in all four disciplines, with particular emphasis on reading skills and reading comprehension. The grade 5 SOL assessments will include grade 4 and 5 SOLs in English, Mathematics, Science, and Technology, as well as History SOLs through Virginia Studies." The grade 8 SOL assessments will include grade 6, 7, and 8 SOLs in English, Mathematics, Science, andSUPTS. MEMO. NO. 86 Page 2 May 3, 1996 Technology, as well as the History SOLs covering 8th-grade U.S. History and Civics & Economics. At the 11th grade, the SOL assessments will 1) report scores within disciplines (e.g., Biology within Science) and 2) include the following content: - Mathematics -- Algebra I and Geometry - Science -- Earth Science and Biology - History -- World History and World Geography - English -- Grade 9, 10, and 11 SOLs - Test Format: Primarily machine-scoreable items which provide broad coverage of content as well as reliable and valid results. A writing sample may be included. Different forms of the test will be developed so that a different test may be used for each test administration. - Scores: To be reported at student, school, school division, and state levels (except during the 1997 field test). Nationally Norm-Referenced Test (NRT) The Department of Education will issue a RFP to adopt, administer, score, and report results of nationally norm-referenced standardized tests. - The purpose of these tests will be to provide nationally norm-referenced information on the achievement of students, schools, school divisions and the state. At a minimum, test content will consist of English (to include reading) and Mathematics. History and Science may be included. - Grade levels to be tested: 3, 5, 8, 11. - Test Format: Nationally normed, standardized, and machine-scoreable. - Scores will be reported at the student, school, school division, and state levels beginning with the first administration of the new test adoption in the Spring, 1997. Please direct any questions you may have about this information to Doris Redfield, Division Chief for Assessment and Reporting, or Cam Harris (Assessment and Reporting Director) at 804-225-2102. WCBJr/DLR/jcc Attachment: Board of Education Resolution (4/25/96) This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.