Superintendent's Memo #279-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 9, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: History and Social Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework 2008 and the Impact on Assessment

To assist school divisions in aligning existing curriculum to the revised 2008 Standards of Learning for history and social science, I am pleased to inform you that the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework document has been updated to reflect the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning. The document is posted on the Virginia Department of Education's website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/history_socialscience/index.shtml.

The History and Social Science Standards of Learning assessments will continue to be based on the 2001 History and Social Science Standards of Learning through the summer 2010 test administration. Field-test items on the spring 2010 History and Social Science Standards of Learning assessments will include the new content of the revised 2008 standards.

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. The SOL history tests based on the 2008 curriculum framework will be implemented according to the schedule communicated to you via Superintendent's Memorandum Number 239-09, August 28, 2009. Please note that the grade three History and Social Science Standards of Learning assessment will continue to be a cumulative assessment. School divisions will need to align curriculum to ensure that third-grade students being assessed in 2011 have been instructed in new content included in the revised 2008 Standards.

For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator of history and social science, 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 science (K-5), office of elementary instruction, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-3454.

Questions regarding assessment should be directed to the Office of Assessment Development, by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 225-2918.

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