COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 48

February 24, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Clarification of the Pass Rates Required for the New Reading and Mathematics Tests at Grades 4, 6, and 7 for the 2006-2007 Accreditation Ratings

 

On February 15, 2006, the Virginia Board of Education adopted a revision of the accreditation guidelines to clarify the pass rates required for the new reading and mathematics tests at grades 4, 6, and 7 in the 2006-2007 accreditation ratings. The revision clarifies that the pass rates required for the reading and mathematics tests in grades 4, 6, and 7 for full accreditation will be 70%. Alternatively, full accreditation may be achieved by combining the scores for the reading tests in grades 4, 6, 7, 8, and end-of-course with the scores for the reading tests at grades 3 and 5 and the writing tests at grades 5, 8, or high school if the resulting combined pass rate meets or exceeds the 75% pass rate required for third- and fifth-grade English. The additions to the accreditation guidelines will apply only to the 2006-2007 accreditation ratings based on the test results from the 2005-2006 school year. The revisions to the guidelines are attached.

 

Questions about the revisions to the accreditation guidelines should be addressed to the staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102 or by e-mail to darfax@doe.virginia.gov.

 

PIW/SLR/jc

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf048a.pdf