COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 24

January 25, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Update on History and Social Science Standards of Learning

 

The Virginia Board of Education adopted the proposed revised History and Social Science Standards of Learning with one amendment and two technical edits on January 10, 2008. The attached document reflects the changes approved by the Board. The key that has been used is single underlines and single strikethroughs for changes that went to the Board for first review in October 2007. Double underlines and double strikethroughs were used for additional changes based on public comments from October 26 through November 27, 2007, and were included in the document that went to the Board for final review on January 10, 2008. The amendment and two technical edits approved by the Board at the January 10 meeting have been indicated in italics followed by an asterisk, and may be found in the course entitled Virginia and United States Government, in Standards of Learning GOVT.8 and GOVT.9.

 

The History and Social Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework is currently being reviewed and revised to reflect the new standards. The completion of a draft framework is anticipated later this spring. Following the Board of Education's review, the draft curriculum framework will be available for public comment. Adoption by the Board and distribution of the framework is anticipated by summer or early fall 2008.

 

For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social sciences, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, specialist, history and social sciences (K-5), Office of Elementary Instruction, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-3454.

 

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a. Revised History and Social Science Standards of Learning (.pdf)