COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 16
January 31, 2003
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Update on Revised English and Science Standards of Learning
The Virginia Board of Education adopted revised English Standards of Learning on November 20, 2002, and revised Science Standards of Learning on January 6, 2003. The PDF and Word versions of these two documents are available on the Department of Educations website (http://www.pen.k12.va.us). A crosswalk chart comparing the content of the 1995 Standards of Learning and the newly adopted English and science standards will be posted on the Department of Educations website by March 7, 2002.
The Department of Educations goal for the implementation schedule will be to allow teachers at all levels, beginning in the fall of 2003, to focus instruction on the content in the newly revised Standards of Learning. Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:
review and align their English and science curricula with the revised standards;
review current resource materials and correlate them with the revised standards;
purchase new materials where needed; and
provide staff development for teachers.
The English Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework has been revised to reflect the changes in the recently adopted standards, and a draft document is available for public comment on the Department of Educations website. Public hearings concerning the proposed English Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework will be held on February 10, 2003.
The Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework is also currently being revised. It is anticipated the framework will be presented to the Board of Education for first review at its February 26, 2003, meeting and posted on the Department of Educations website for public comment. Public hearings will be scheduled for March 2003.
English and Science Standards of Learning assessments in the spring of 2003 and during the 2003-2004 school year will be based on the 1995 standards. In the 2004-2005 school year, with the exception of the eighth-grade science test, fieldtest items on English and Science Standards of Learning assessments will include the new content of the revised standards. Fieldtesting of items assessing the new content from the revised sixth-grade, life science, and physical science standards will begin in 2006-2007. Live items from the sixth-grade, life science, and physical science standards will be included in 2007-2008. This information is summarized on the attached chart.
If you have questions about the English or Science Standards of Learning implementation, please contact Dr. Patricia I. Wright (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), assistant superintendent for instruction, at 804-225-2979. If you have questions about the Standards of Learning assessment, please contact Shelley Loving-Ryder (mailto:email@example.com), assistant superintendent for assessment and reporting, at 804-225-2102. If you have questions about content in the revised English standards, please contact Linda Poorbaugh (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), director, office of elementary instructional services, at 804-786-3925. If you have questions about content in the revised science standards, please contact James C. Firebaugh (mailto:email@example.com), director, office of middle instructional services, at 804-225-2651.