COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 171

December 7, 2001

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

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

Test Pass/Proficient

 

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.

 

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