COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 96

May 5, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Standards of Learning (SOL) Assessment Audit System

 

 

The Department of Education is preparing to implement a revised SOL Test Administration Audit System beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. Audits will be conducted to ensure that students are tested as prescribed by state and federal guidelines and to ensure divisions are following best practices regarding test security and the handling of test materials. Beginning in the fall of 2006, audits will be conducted in 10 percent of the school divisions across the state. Comprehensive information about the fall audits will be provided to divisions during the summer of 2006.

 

The audit process will be managed by the Division of Assessment and Reporting which will recruit and train audit teams comprised of veteran test administrators as well as Department of Education staff. Audits will focus on pre- and post-administration preparation, training, security, test administration, and materials management. Audits may or may not include an on-site visit to the selected division. Directors of Testing in divisions identified for an audit will be notified in advance and provided with pre-audit information.

 

In preparation for the fall 2006 implementation, the department will conduct an audit pilot test during the spring SOL 2006 test administration. Six school divisions will receive advance notification and pre-audit information. Each selected division will be notified in advance and provided with information describing the audit process. If you are interested in volunteering a school from your division to participate in the upcoming pilot test, please contact the number provided below. Only six divisions will be included in the pilot test.

 

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102 or by e-mail at darfax@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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