COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 184
October 8, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: SOL History and Social Science Testing in Grades Five and Eight


Many school divisions have elected to administer the grade 
five SOL history and social science test to grade four 
students and/or the grade eight SOL history and social 
science test to grade seven students.  This poses an issue 
when students who have failed these tests move to the 
subsequent grade level where the SOL tests are 
traditionally slated to be administered.  


The decision regarding early administration of the SOL 
social studies test in grades four and seven may unfairly 
penalize school divisions if students who move to the 
subsequent grades are required to re-take any of these SOL 
history and social science tests they have failed in the 
previous year. 


In order to be fair, please be advised that students in 
school divisions that elect to give the grade five history 
test to grade four students, and/or the grade eight history 
test to grade seven students do not have to be retested in 
subsequent grades on the SOL history and social science 
tests if they fail the test.

If you have questions regarding this, please call the 
Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.  

PDS/CMH/jc
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