COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 139

July 20, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

No Child Left Behind Requirements for Reading and Mathematics Tests

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires annual testing of reading and mathematics achievement in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school. Based on this requirement school divisions are reminded that their course-taking patterns, including those for accelerated students, should ensure that students will take a Standards of Learning (SOL) test in reading and mathematics each year in grades 3 through 8. For example, accelerated students might receive instruction in the grade 8 mathematics standards in grade 7 and take the grade 8 SOL mathematics test. These students could then take Algebra I and the associated end-of-course test in grade 8. Alternatively, students who receive instruction in the grade 7 mathematics content in grade 7 and take the grade 7 SOL mathematics test might take Algebra I, Part I, in grade 8. As noted in Informational Superintendents Memorandum No. 159, August 12, 2005, such students would take the grade 8 mathematics test. Please be advised that the Algebra I, Part I, course was never intended for middle school students and may be phased out as a standard credit-bearing course in future years. School divisions are encouraged to examine their course-taking patterns to ensure compliance with the requirement that students in grades 3 through 8 take a reading and a mathematics SOL test each year and to make adjustments as needed.

 

If you have questions, please contact the staff of the Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at

(804) 225-2102.

 

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