COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 28, 2009
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
As stated in Superintendent's Memorandum Number 49, dated February 29, 2008, beginning in 2010-2011, the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will assess full implementation of the 2008 History and Social Science SOL. In preparation for the implementation of the new assessments measuring the 2008 SOL, new history and social science test blueprints have been developed.
Assessments developed using the new blueprints will be administered for the first time in the fall 2010 administration for only the end-of-course history and social science tests (World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. [C.E.], World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. [C.E.] to the Present, Virginia & US History, and World Geography). The remainder of the new history blueprints will be effective with the spring 2011 test administration (see attachment).
The new history blueprints may be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/history_socialscience/index.shtml
The revised history test blueprints are being shared at this time to accommodate curriculum development and instructional planning. It is imperative that all school division staff understand that the new blueprints do not become effective until 2010-2011.
Should you have any questions, please contact the assessment staff by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2918.