COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 46

February 23, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

State Standards of Learning Writing and Grades 3 through 8 Testing Schedule for 2007-2008

 

The state testing program schedule for the Standards of Learning (SOL) Writing tests for the 2007-2008 school year is available on the Department of Educations website (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Assessment/home.shtml). Please inform all personnel of these testing dates so that other activities can be scheduled without conflicts. Following is information to assist you in preparing for the coming school year.

 

Fall 2007 SOL Writing Tests

 

The grade 8 and end-of-course (EOC) SOL writing tests for the fall 2007 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the writing tests will be administered on either Monday, October 22, or Tuesday, October 23, 2007. The direct writing component of the tests must be administered statewide on Wednesday, October 24, 2007. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide direct writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make‑up period. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the EOC English: Writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, October 25, 2007. Answer documents for the writing tests must be shipped for scoring by November 5, 2007.

Spring 2008 SOL Writing Tests

 

The grades 5, 8, and EOC SOL writing tests for the spring 2008 administration are scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the writing tests will be administered on either Monday, March 3, or Tuesday, March 4, 2008. The direct writing component of the tests must be administered statewide on Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Students who are absent on the date of the statewide writing test will respond to a different prompt during the make-up period. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the EOC English: Writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, March 6, 2008. Answer documents for the writing tests must be shipped for scoring by March 20, 2008.

 

Beginning 2007-2008, the process for determining equating divisions for the writing tests will change. Pearson Educational Measurement and the Virginia Department of Education will select equating divisions using a multi-year rotation. School divisions selected as equating divisions for fall 2007 and those selected for spring 2008 will be notified under a separate cover.

 

Fall equating divisions will be asked to schedule the administration of the direct writing component for EOC on Thursday, October 25, 2007. Spring equating divisions will be asked to schedule the administration of the direct writing component for grades 5 and 8 and EOC on Thursday, March 6, 2008.

Spring 2008 SOL Non-Writing Tests for Grades 3 through 8

 

While school divisions will continue to have flexibility in setting their own testing windows for EOC testing, superintendents must choose one of the three windows listed below for divisionwide testing in grades 3 through 8. Answer documents for paper/pencil testing are to be shipped on the last day of the selected schedule.

 

The following windows for SOL testing in grades 3 through 8 have been established for spring 2008.

 

Statewide Testing
Option Window

 

1 April 14 May 9, 2008

2 May 5 May 30, 2008

3 May 19 June 13, 2008

 

Division Directors of Testing will be contacted by Pearson Educational Measurement to obtain the testing window selected by the division.

Summer 2008 SOL Writing Tests

 

The EOC SOL writing test for the summer 2008 administration is scheduled as follows. The multiple-choice component of the English: Writing test will be administered on either Monday, July 14, or Tuesday, July 15, 2008. The direct writing component of the EOC English: Writing test must be administered statewide on Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Graduating seniors who are eligible for two opportunities to take the writing test will be given the alternate prompt on Thursday, July 17, 2008. Answer documents for the EOC English: Writing test must be shipped for scoring by July 25, 2008.

 

Questions concerning the state testing program schedule should be directed to the Division of Assessment and Reporting by e-mail at darfax@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

 

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