SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 177
November 8, 1996
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Initial Information Regarding the New Virginia Assessment System|
On October 10, 1996, the Board of Education voted to proceed with the award of a contract for both the norm-referenced and the Standards of Learning components of the new assessment system to Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement (HBEM). The prescribed notification period has lapsed and a contract has been signed by the Department of Education and HBEM. The assessment program represents the second part of a four-part initiative. The first part was the adoption of the revised Standards of Learning; the second part is the assessment program; the third and fourth parts are the revision of the Standards of Accreditation and the development of a school and school division report card. The attachment to this memo outlines the major aspects of the new program. In the coming weeks, more detailed information will be sent to you. The Division of Assessment and Reporting will continue to work with school divisions, Division Directors of Testing, and HBEM to finalize the many aspects of this new program. The Department extends its appreciation to those in the field who have helped us reach this milestone in the development of the new assessments. We have established an aggressive time line to make this program a reality. Your continued support and cooperation as we move to the next steps in implementation are greatly appreciated. Should you have questions regarding the new program, please call Ms. Cameron M. Harris, Director of Assessment and Reporting, at (804) 225-2102. RTL/mwc Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.