COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 171
December 7, 2001
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
New Passing Scores Adopted by the Board of Education for Certain SOL History Tests
At its November 27, 2001, meeting the Board of Education voted unanimously to adjust the passing scores for four of the Standards of Learning (SOL) history tests. The new passing scores, which are based on the scores recommended by the original standard setting committees in 1998, follow.
New Score for
Grade 5 History 25
Grade 8 History 28
World History from 1000 A.D./Geography 32
(World History II)
United States History 34
It is important to note that these new passing scores apply only to the tests developed for the 2001-2002 (beginning with the current fall 2001 administration) and 2002-2003 school years. New history standards were adopted in 2001 and for these two transition years the history tests will measure the content common to the 1995 and 2001 standards.
In 20032004 tests will be administered that measure only the 2001 Standards of Learning. Since these will be new tests, new standard setting committees will need to be convened and new passing scores will need to be set for these tests.
Should you have questions or need additional information, please call the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.