COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 36

February 17, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

State Standards of Learning Writing and Grades 3 through 8 Testing Schedule for 2006-2007

 

The State Testing Program schedule for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Writing tests for the 2006-2007 school year is available on the Department of Educations website (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/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.

 

Fall 2006 SOL Writing Tests

 

The grade 8 and End-of-Course (EOC) SOL Writing tests for the fall 2006 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the Writing tests will be administered on either Monday, October 23, or Tuesday, October 24, 2006. The direct writing component of the tests must be administered statewide on Wednesday, October 25, 2006. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide direct writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make‑up period. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the EOC English: Writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, October 26, 2006. Answer documents for the writing tests must be shipped for scoring by November 3, 2006.

 

Spring 2007 SOL Writing Tests

 

The grades 5, 8, and EOC SOL Writing tests for the spring 2007 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the Writing tests will be administered on either Monday, March 5, or Tuesday, March 6, 2007. The direct writing component of the tests must be administered statewide on Wednesday, March 7, 2007. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make-up period. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the EOC English: Writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, March 8, 2007. Answer documents for the writing tests must be shipped for scoring by March 23, 2007.

Spring 2007 SOL Multiple-Choice Tests for Grades 3 through 8

 

While school divisions will continue to have flexibility in setting their own testing windows for EOC testing, superintendents must choose one of the three windows listed below for divisionwide testing in grades 3 through 8. Answer documents for paper/pencil testing are to be shipped on the last day of the selected schedule.

 

The following windows for SOL testing in grades 3 through 8 have been established for spring 2007.

 

Statewide Testing
Option Window

 

1 April 16 May 11, 2007

2 May 7 June 1, 2007

3 May 21 June 15, 2007

 

Division Directors of Testing will be contacted to obtain the testing window selected by the division.

Summer 2007 SOL Writing Tests

 

The EOC SOL writing test for the summer 2007 administration is scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing test will be administered on either Monday, July 16, or Tuesday, July 17, 2007. The direct writing component of the EOC English: Writing test must be administered statewide on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, July 19, 2007. Answer documents for the EOC English: Writing test must be shipped for scoring by July 27, 2007.

 

Questions concerning the state testing program schedule should be directed to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by e-mail at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

 

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