SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 90
April 30, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||School Calendars, Summer School Dates, and Estimated Summer School SOL Enrollment|
The Department of Education is in the process of planning for the 1999-2000 Standards of Learning (SOL) test administrations. To accomplish this, we need information from your school division concerning the 1999-2000 school calendar, summer school dates, and estimated summer school enrollments. 1999-2000 School Calendar To the extent possible, we want to base the testing windows on division calendars; thus it is necessary that we have calendar information from your division. We are asking your Division Director of Testing (DDOT) to forward a copy of your 1999-2000 division calendar to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by Friday, May 14, 1999. To avoid the need for you to respond to another request for the same information, we will share your calendar with the Department of Education's Division of Management Information Systems. Summer SOL Administration Summer administration of the SOL tests will commence in the summer of 1999. Summer SOL administrations are designed to accommodate two groups of students: 1. students enrolled in courses for which there are SOL tests; all enrolled students must be tested; and 2. students in the class of 2004 who desire to retake an SOL end-of-course test previously failed; these students do not have to be enrolled in a course to take a test; participation by these students is optional. A. 1999 Summer School Dates The Department is requesting the starting and ending dates of summer school programs that offer courses that require end-of-course tests. The information is being collected on the SOL Test Enrollment Request included in a mailing to your DDOT. B. Estimated Summer School Enrollment for Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests To determine the number of SOL test booklets and answer documents required for the summer 1999 administration, we need to know the number of students planning to take SOL high school tests. In addition to students enrolled in credit-bearing courses, you may have students who fall under the SOL test graduation requirements (Class of 2004, rising 8th graders) who have failed an SOL end-of-course test and need an additional opportunity to retake the test and earn a verified credit. The SOL Test Enrollment Request forms are being sent under separate cover to your designated DDOT, along with instructions for completing these forms. A sample SOL Test Enrollment Request form and instructions are enclosed for your information. A copy of Informational Superintendents Memorandum No. 39 (Approval of Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements), dated March 6, 1998, is also enclosed for your reference. While we recognize that the numbers provided will be estimates, it is important that this enrollment information be as accurate as possible and forwarded to the Division of Assessment and Reporting as soon as possible, but no later than Friday, May 14, 1999. We appreciate your time and effort in providing this important information. Questions should be directed to the staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102. PDS/CMH/jc Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.