COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 198

November 21, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Passing Scores Adopted by the Board of Education for the New End-of-Course History Tests

 

At its November 19, 2003, meeting the Virginia Board of Education adopted passing scores for the new end-of-course history tests that measure the 2001 history content standards. The new cut scores, which are expressed in the number of items a student must answer correctly, were adopted for the achievement levels of pass/proficient and pass/advanced. The passing scores for each of the new end-of-course tests are shown below:

 

Test Pass/Proficient Pass/Advanced

World History I 30 50

World History II 30 50

VA and US History 30 51

World Geography 33 50

 

Please note that these passing scores are applicable only to the new history tests that measure the full implementation of the 2001 history content standards. Students who took a history course before fall 2003 and who are now re-taking the associated end-of-course test for verified credit will continue to take tests that measure content common to the 1995 history standards and the 2001 history standards. The passing scores on these tests are unaffected by the Boards action.

 

Should you have questions or need additional information, please call the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102 or e-mail darfax@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

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