COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 90

June 28, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

State Testing Schedule for 2002-2003

 

Attached is the State Testing Program schedule for the 2002-2003 school year. Please inform all personnel of these testing dates so that other activities can be scheduled without conflicts.

 

 

STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOL) ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

 

Summer 2002 SOL Administration

 

Summer administrations of the end-of-course tests are designed to accommodate the following groups of students:

 

1.  students enrolled in courses for which there are SOL tests; all enrolled students must be tested unless they have previously passed the SOL test.

 

2.     students in the ninth-grade class of 2000-2001 and below who desire to retake an end-of-course SOL test they failed and need an additional opportunity to retake the test to earn verified credit; these students do not have to be enrolled in a summer school course to take a test; participation by these students is optional.

 

3.     students who have failed an end-of-course mathematics test (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II) and who are enrolled in a remediation recovery program.

 

4.     students who have met the criteria for expedited retakes and were not tested during the expedited retake period following the spring 2002 SOL test administration. These students must:

 

1.     need the test for verified credit,

 

2.     have passed the course associated with the test, and fall into one of the following categories:

 

  failed the test by a narrow margin, or

 

  failed the test by any margin and have extenuating circumstances that would warrant retesting, or

 

  did not sit for the regularly scheduled test for legitimate reasons.

 

The narrow margin criteria shall be defined as a scaled score of 375-399.

 

The SOL writing test is to be administered statewide July 22-24, 2002. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing test should be administered either on Monday, July 22, or Tuesday, July 23, 2002. The direct writing component of the English: Writing test will be administered statewide on Wednesday, July 24, 2002.

 

Fall Semester 2002 SOL Administration

 

The grade 8 and end-of-course tests will be administered to students who will complete the associated grade 8 classes or high school courses at the end of the fall semester. The following groups of students may also take the SOL tests:

 

1.     students in the ninth-grade class of 2000-2001 and below who want to retake an end-of-course SOL test that they failed. These students do not have to be enrolled in a course to take a test. Their participation is optional.

 

2.     special education students in grades 9-11 for the 2002-2003 school year who are pursuing a modified standard diploma may take the grade 8 Mathematics or English: Reading/Literature and Research test to meet the literacy and numeracy requirements for this diploma.

 

3.     students who have participated in remediation recovery programs may retake the SOL tests as follows:

 

     grade 9 students may retake the grade 8 English: Reading/Literature and Research test and/or mathematics test

 

     students who have failed an end-of-course mathematics test may retake the failed test.

 

 

SOL English: Writing Tests

 

The SOL English: Writing tests for the fall 2002 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing tests will be administered on either Monday, October 21 or Tuesday, October 22, 2002. The direct writing component of the English: Writing tests will be administered statewide on Wednesday, October 23, 2002. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make‑up period. Answer documents for the English: Writing tests must be shipped for scoring by October 30, 2002.

 

All Other SOL Tests

 

Testing schedules for other SOL tests will be determined by the school divisions based on the date the fall semester ends.

 

Spring Semester 2003 SOL Administration

 

The spring SOL administrations are designed to accommodate several groups of students:

 

1.     students in grades 3, 5, and 8, and those enrolled in high school courses for which there is an end-of-course SOL test will participate in the spring semester SOL administration.

 

2.     students in the ninth-grade class of 2000-2001 and below who want to retake an end-of-course SOL test that they previously failed. These students do not have to be enrolled in a course to take a test. Their participation is optional.

 

3.     special education students in grades 9-11 for the 2002-2003 school year who are pursuing a modified standard diploma may take the grade 8 Mathematics or English: Reading/Literature and Research test to meet the literacy and numeracy requirements for this diploma.

 

4.     students who have participated in remediation recovery programs may retake the SOL tests as follows:

 

     grade 4 students may retake the grade 3 English test (reading and writing subtests) and mathematics test

 

     grade 6 students may retake the grade 5 English: Reading/Literature and Research test and/or mathematics test

 

     grade 9 students may retake the grade 8 English: Reading/Literature and Research test and/or mathematics test

 

     students who have failed an end-of-course mathematics test may retake the failed test.

 

SOL English: Writing Tests

 

The SOL English: Writing tests for the spring 2003 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing tests will be administered on either March 3 or 4. The direct writing component of the test must be administered statewide on Wednesday, March 5. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make-up period. Answer documents for the English: Writing tests must be shipped for scoring by March 19, 2003.

 

All Other SOL Tests

 

Testing schedules for other SOL tests will be determined by the school division based on the date schools are closed.

 

Summer 2003 SOL Administration

 

Summer SOL administrations are designed to accommodate several groups of students:

 

1.     students enrolled in courses for which there are SOL tests; all enrolled students must be tested unless they have previously passed the SOL test.

 

2.     students in the ninth-grade class of 2000-2001 or below who desire to retake an end-of-course SOL test previously failed and need an additional opportunity to retake the test to earn verified credit; these students do not have to be enrolled in a summer school course to take a test; participation by these students is optional.

 

3.     students who have failed an end-of-course mathematics test (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II) and who are enrolled in a remediation recovery program.

 

4.     students who have met the criteria for expedited retakes and were not tested during the expedited retake period following the spring 2003 SOL test administration. These students must:

 

1.     need the test for verified credit,

 

2.     have passed the course associated with the test, and fall into one of the following categories:

 

  failed the test by a narrow margin, or

 

  failed the test by any margin and have extenuating circumstances that would warrant retesting, or

 

  did not sit for the regularly scheduled test for legitimate reasons.

 

The narrow margin criteria shall be defined as a scaled score of 375-399.

 

The SOL writing test is to be administered statewide July 21-23, 2003. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing test should be administered either on Monday, July 21, or Tuesday, July 22, 2003. The direct writing component of the English: Writing test will be administered statewide on Wednesday, July 23, 2003.

 

 

VIRGINIA STATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM (VSAP) INFORMATION

 

The Stanford Achievement Test, Ninth Edition, Form TA, Abbreviated (Stanford 9, TA), will be administered to all students in grades 4, 6, and 9 and should be scheduled during the period from September 16 through October 14, 2002. Answer documents must be shipped for scoring by October 25, 2002.

 

 

LITERACY TESTING PROGRAM (LTP) INFORMATION

 

Summer 2002 Literacy Passport Test Administration

 

Dates for the summer LPT administration are July 15-19, 2002. The writing test is to be administered one day statewide on Wednesday, July 17, 2002. Divisions may administer the reading and/or the mathematics tests before or after the writing test. Students who will be classified as grade 12 students at the beginning of the 2002-2003 school year and students entering the ninth grade in 1999-2000 who have been retained are eligible to participate in the summer 2002 administration. There is no state requirement that these students participate in the summer 2002 administration; rather, the summer administration is intended to provide an additional opportunity to take the LPT for those students who choose to participate. With the exception of adult education students, there will be no charge to students choosing to take the LPT during the summer administration. Adult education program personnel wishing to schedule this LPT administration on a Saturday should plan for that to be done on Saturday, July 20, 2002.

 

Fall 2002 Literacy Passport Test Administration

 

The reading and mathematics tests for the LPT must be administered during the period October 1 through October 8, 2002, to (1) students in the twelfth grade and unclassified students who have not passed one or more tests during the previous test opportunities, (2) students who entered the ninth grade in 1999-2000 and who have been retained, (3) students in the twelfth grade who transferred into Virginia public schools after the February 2002 administration, and (4) adult education students who are pursuing standard or advanced studies diplomas. Local divisions may establish reading and mathematics test dates to meet their needs within the window of October 1 through 8.

 

The writing test must be administered one day statewide on Wednesday, October 9, 2002. All students will respond to only one writing prompt on the fall 2002 LPT. This prompt will be the same statewide. Students who are absent on the day of the statewide writing test will take a different prompt during the make-up period. Answer documents must be shipped for scoring by October 25, 2002.

 

Adult education program personnel wishing to schedule the LPT administration on a single Saturday should plan for that to be done on Saturday, October 12, 2002. As in previous administrations involving adult students, a fee will be charged for the test.

 

Spring 2003 Literacy Passport Test Administration

 

The reading and mathematics tests for the LPT must be administered during the period from February 3 through February 11, 2003, to (1) students in the twelfth grade and unclassified students who have not previously passed one or more tests, (2) students who entered the ninth grade in 1999-2000 and who have been retained, (3) students in the twelfth grade who transferred into Virginia public schools after the fall 2002 administration, and (4) adult education students pursuing a standard or advanced studies diploma. School divisions may establish reading and mathematics test dates to meet their needs within the window of February 3 through February 11. However, the writing test must be administered one day statewide on February 12, 2003.

 

Students who are absent on February 12 will respond to a different prompt during the make-up period. Make-up testing for all three tests (reading, mathematics, and writing) must be completed in time for answer documents to be shipped for scoring by February 28, 2003.

 

All students enrolled in Virginia public schools who anticipate having sufficient credits to graduate by June 30, 2003, who are required to pass the LPT and have not yet passed the writing test, will respond to both the regular and the make-up prompts.

 

All adult education students will also respond to both prompts in the spring 2003 administration. Adult education programs wishing to schedule their LPT administration on a single Saturday should plan for that to be Saturday, February 15, 2003. As in previous administrations involving adult students, there will be a fee associated with their testing.

 

Spring 2003 Literacy Passport Test Graduating Senior Administration

 

The Department of Education will follow the same procedure used in the spring of 2002 to accommodate students entering Virginia public schools as seniors after the spring 2003 administration. The department will supply divisions with sufficient materials to test these students as needed. Request forms for these materials will be sent to school divisions in the spring of 2003 after the spring LPT administration has been completed.

 

School Leavers and the LPT

 

Students in the classes of 1996-2002 who have completed all requirements for a high school diploma except passing the LPT (school leavers) may take the test or tests they have not passed in the summer of 2002, fall 2002 or spring 2003 LPT administrations.

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

Questions concerning the state testing program schedule should be directed to the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.

 

 

 

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