COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 150
September 6, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 
1994 Report Cards for History and for Geography

 
  The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) has
  released two reports on the 1994 National Assessment of
  Educational Progress (NAEP):
  
   NAEP 1994 History Report Card and 
   NAEP 1994 Geography Report Card. 
  
  Approximately 6,000 students were tested nationwide in
  grades four, eight, and twelve in each of these subject
  areas.  Each report contains summary data for the major
  demographic subpopulations of the nation.  There are no
  state-level results because history and geography were not
  part of the state-level NAEP in 1994.
  
  NCES has also released NAEP 1994 Fourth Grade State Reading
  Proficiency and Contextual Background Factors, a chart that
  compares the reading proficiency of public school students
  in Virginia to those in each state and in the nation.
  Approximately 3,000 students in Virginia participated in the
  1994 State Reading NAEP.  In 1994 reading, unlike history
  and geography, was part of the state-level NAEP.
  
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  September 6, 1996
  
  
  A copy of each of these three documents is enclosed. 
  Additional copies of the Report Cards may be obtained from
  the World-Wide Webb at http://www.ed.gov/NCES/NAEP or by
  calling 1-800-424-1616.  If  you have questions, please
  refer them to Dr. Doris Redfield, Chief of Assessment and
  Reporting, or Dr. Marcia Perry, Assessment Specialist
  (804/225-2102).
  
  
  RTL/mp
  
  enc: NAEP 1994 History Report Card
       NAEP 1994 Geography Report Card
       NAEP 1994 Fourth Grade State Reading Proficiency and
       Contextual Background Factors (Public Schools Only)
  
   This memo and its enclosures will be sent to the
   superintendent's office.
  
  cc:   Division Testing Directors 
        DOE Regional Field Representatives