COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 72

April 2, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

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

 

At its March 24, 2004, meeting the Virginia Board of Education adopted passing scores for new 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

 

Grade 3 History 27 35

Virginia Studies 25 35

U.S. History to 1877 25 36

U.S. History: from 1877

to present 23 34

Civics and Economics 21 34

Grade 8 History (Cumulative) 26 43

 

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.

 

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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