COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 98
July 3, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Advance Copy of Sample Items from Spring 1998 Standards of Learning Assessments

 
  This memo conveys an advance copy of each Sample Item Booklet
  for the Spring 1998 Standards of Learning Assessments. 
  Booklets are enclosed for:

             1998 Sample Items for Grade 3 Tests
             1998 Sample Items for Grade 5 Tests
             1998 Sample Items for Grade 8 Tests
             1998 Sample Items for End-of-Course Tests

  At the beginning of the 1998-99 school year, copies will be
  sent to each school division for distribution to students and
  parents. These copies will be sent directly from Harcourt
  Brace Educational Measurement to each school building with
  extra copies shipped to your Division Director of Testing. 
  The boxes shipped to schools will be labeled as containing SOL
  sample item booklets.  Principals should be instructed to
  distribute the sample item booklets to students and teachers.

  Should you have any questions regarding the sample item
  booklets, please call the Division of Assessment and Reporting
  at (804) 225-2102. 

  PDS/jc

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