COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 156

August 11, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Modified Standard Diploma Grade Level Standards of Learning Test

 

On July 26, 2006, the Virginia Board of Education adopted the following cut scores on the new Standards of Learning (SOL) grade 8 reading and mathematics grade level tests for the literacy and numeracy requirements of the Modified Standard Diploma:

 

SOL Test Passing Scale Score

Literacy Requirement 371

(Grade 8 Reading Test)

Numeracy Requirement 344

(Grade 8 Mathematics Test)

 

This action by the Board of Education does not affect the scores required for the Modified Standard Diploma for the SOL grade 8 cumulative tests that were announced in Informational Supts. Memo No. 75, dated April 2, 2004. Also, this action does not affect the score required to pass the SOL grade 8 reading or mathematics tests; the required score to pass the tests remains at 400.

 

A table showing required cut scores for the Modified Standard Diploma is available on the Virginia Department of Education website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml.

 

Questions about the cut scores for the Modified Standard Diploma should be addressed to the staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102 or e-mail darfax@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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