COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 70

March 23, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Stanford English Language Proficiency Reading Subtest Discontinued as a Substitute for the Standards of Learning Reading Test

 

The United States Department of Education has informed the Virginia Board of Education that Virginia will no longer be permitted to administer the reading subtest of the Stanford English Language Proficiency (SELP) test as a substitute for the Standards of Learning (SOL) reading test for limited English proficient (LEP) students at levels 1 and 2 of English Language Proficiency. For the 2006-2007 school year LEP students in grades 3 through 8 must

 

  • take the regular SOL reading test with or without accommodations, or
  • participate in the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) for reading if the student is at level 1 or 2 of English language proficiency.

 

LEP students who have attended school in the United States for less than twelve months may receive a one-time exemption for the SOL reading test in grades 3 through 8.

 

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

 

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