COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 36

July 11, 2003

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

State Testing Schedule for 2003-2004

 

The State Testing Program schedule for the 2003-2004 school year is available on the Department of Educations website at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml. Please inform all personnel of these testing dates so that other activities can be scheduled without conflicts. Following is information to assist you in preparing for the coming school year.

 

 

STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOL) ASSESSMENT INFORMATION

 

Fall Semester 2003 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 9-12 for the 2003-2004 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 2003 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing tests will be administered on either Tuesday, October 14 or Wednesday, October 15, 2003. The direct writing component of the English: Writing tests will be administered statewide on Thursday, October 16, 2003. 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, 2003.

 

All Other SOL Tests

 

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

 

Spring Semester 2004 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 9-12 for the 2003-2004 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/or 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 2004 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing tests will be administered on either March 8 or 9. The direct writing component of the test must be administered statewide on Wednesday, March 10. 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 24, 2004.

 

All Other SOL Tests

 

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

 

 

Summer 2004 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.

 

 

SOL English: Writing Tests

 

The SOL writing test is to be administered statewide July 19-21, 2004. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing test should be administered either on Monday, July 19, or Tuesday, July 20, 2004. The direct writing component of the English: Writing test will be administered statewide on Wednesday, July 21, 2004. Answer documents for the English: Writing tests must be shipped for scoring by July 30, 2004.

 

 

All Other SOL Tests

 

Testing schedules for other SOL tests will be determined by local school divisions based on the date the school division ends the summer school.

 

 

 

QUESTIONS

 

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

 

JLD/SLR/jc

 

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