COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 106

May 12, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Spring 2006 Review of Standards of Learning Tests by School Division Personnel

 

 

Staff from a number of school divisions have inquired about the review of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests that are being administered for the first time in the 2005-2006 school year that will not be released. While the nature of the SOL testing program makes the tests subject to a high level of security, it is important that teachers charged with the responsibility of instructing students in the SOL be aware of the manner in which the tests are constructed. Therefore, upon completion of the spring 2006 SOL test administration, teachers and central office staff may review under secure conditions the SOL tests that have not been publicly released. Beginning May 19, 2006, through June 16, 2006, the following tests will be available for this review:

 

         reading tests (grades 3 through 8)

         mathematics tests (grades 3 through 8)

         plain English mathematics tests (grades 3 through 8)

         End-of-Course English: Reading (2002 standards)

         Algebra II (2001 revised standards)

         Algebra I plain English Mathematics

         all history/social science tests (only 2001 standards)

Security guidelines and detailed procedures for reviewing the tests will be sent to your division director of testing via a testing memorandum.

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

 

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