COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 96

May 4, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Phase Out of the Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Cumulative History/Social Science Test

 

Based on revisions made to the Standards of Quality by the 2007 Virginia General Assembly, the SOL grade 8 cumulative history/social science test will be phased out in the 2007-2008 school year. The grade 8 cumulative history/social science test will only be available for the fall 2007 and spring 2008 test administrations.

 

All school divisions will now be required to begin implementation of the three separate Content Specific History tests: United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics. School divisions may phase in the testing of each of these subjects and are not required to test all three subjects within the first year of implementation.

 

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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