COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 14

January 19, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Format of Standards of Learning Tests

 

Beginning spring 2007, the format for all Standards of Learning tests, with the exception of the cumulative tests for grade 8 reading and mathematics, will appear in one column for both the paper and online versions. This is a change from the two-column format on previous paper tests. A 12-point Tahoma font will be used for all tests except grade 3 tests. A 14-point Tahoma font will be used for grade 3 tests.

 

Typically, the four answer choices will be listed vertically. However, it will sometimes be necessary to list the answer choices in two columns. In the latter situation, it is important to note that, as on previous tests, the four answer choices will read top to bottom rather than left to right. For example:

 

A C

B D

 

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

 

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