SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 148
October 9, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Press Release and Board of Education Statement|
Attached for your information is a statement addressing the setting of the passing scores for the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests, adopted by the Board of Education at its September 29 meeting in Abingdon, and a September 21 press release addressing the SOL tests'statistical reliability. The Board of Education's formal statement addresses the basic principles that guide the members of the Board in setting the passing scores on the SOL tests and the considerations they will take into account when determining the final "cut"scores. The press release conveys the message that the statistical reliability of the SOL tests administered last spring is excellent for a first-time test administration and is comparable to other tests, such as the Stanford 9. As the process for setting the passing scores unfolds, we will keep you up-to-date. Our website displays the latest press release, and provides an archive of releases proposed by the Policy and Public Affairs Division. The Board's statement will be placed on the website. (The site is http://www.pen.k12.va.us.) In addition, during the week of October 5 you will receive a packet from the Board that provides information about each phase of Virginia's educational reform--the Standards of Learning, the Standards of Learning Tests, the Standards of Accreditation, and the School Performance Report Card. I encourage you to use all of this information as you see fit; and I hope it will be copied and distributed widely. If you have questions, please contact Cam Harris at 804/225-2913 about the press release and Diane Atkinson at 804/225-2403. PDS:cac Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.