COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 162
October 17, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
 
Approval by the Board of Education of Guidelines for Participation
in the SOL Assessments for Students with Disabilities and Limited
English Proficient Students

 
  Enclosed is a copy of the above mentioned guidelines.  These
  are the guidelines that were approved by the Board of
  Education at its meeting on October 10, 1997.  These
  guidelines should be reviewed thoroughly.  The
  accommodations presented are very similar to those used in
  the field tests of the SOL assessments.

  Now that students will begin participating in the "live"
  administration of the SOL assessments, it is necessary to
  divide the accommodations into standard and non-standard
  categories.  Please pay particular attention to these
  delineations.  It should be noted that as with the Literacy
  Passport Program, these guidelines provide that the record
  of a student taking an SOL assessment with a non-standard
  accommodation have this score accompanied by a notation
  explaining that the score resulted from a non-standard
  administration.  The guidelines further note that a student
  passing an SOL assessment with a non-standard accommodation
  has passed for all purposes.

  Implementation of these accommodations may necessitate the
  revision of student IEPs or 504 plans.  In the case of LEP
  students, the decisions regarding exemption and
  accommodations must be addressed. 

  The staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting will
  be developing more explanatory materials regarding these
  guidelines and incorporating them into the manuals and other
  materials that will accompany the administration of the SOL
  assessments.

  Questions regarding these guidelines may be directed to the
  staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804)
  225-2102.

  RLT/jc

  Enclosures:  A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.