SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 187
December 18, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Standards of Learning World Geography Test Blueprint|
Enclosed is an advance copy of the test blueprint for the Standards of Learning (SOL) world geography test. An additional copy will be sent to your division director of testing. The world geography test will provide students with an additional opportunity to earn a verified credit in history and social science. The addition of this test will make a total of four high school history and social science tests: United States History World History to 1000 A.D./World Geography World History from 1000 A.D. to the Present/World Geography World Geography Please note that no changes have been made to the content of the two World History/World Geography blueprints and tests. The standards for the world geography test are identical to those measured in the two world history/world geography tests, but they are assigned to different reporting categories. The world geography test items will be field tested in the spring of 1999. The first operational administration is anticipated in the fall of 1999. When the test is operational, it will be taken by students who are enrolled in a World Geography course, or who have completed a World History/World Geography course(s) in which instruction covering the world geography standards has been provided. In late January, Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement (HBEM) will send copies of this blueprint to the division director of testing for distribution to schools. For school divisions that have indicated they have enrollment in a World Geography course, HBEM will send one (1) copy for every 10 students enrolled in a World Geography course. Five copies for each high school will be sent to school divisions that have indicated they have no enrollment in a World Geography course. The test blueprints will be printed on 3-hole-punch paper and separated by a colored sheet of paper. Should you have any questions regarding the SOL test blueprints, please phone Kevin Hughes in the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102. PDS/KRH/jc Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.