Superintendent's Memo #031-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

February 5, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Update on English Standards of Learning and Science Standards of Learning

The Virginia Board of Education adopted revised English Standards of Learning and revised Science Standards of Learning on January 14, 2010. Attachment A reflects the changes approved by the Board for the 2010 English Standards of Learning and Attachment B reflects the changes approved by the Board for the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. The attached documents contain single underlines and single strikethroughs for changes that went to the Board for first review in October 2009. Double underlines and double strikethroughs were used for additional changes based on public comments from October 23 through November 23, 2009. These documents will be re-formatted and published in final-online form in the next few weeks.

The English Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework and the Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework will be reviewed and revised to reflect the revised standards. The completion of draft frameworks is anticipated later this summer. Following the Board of Education's review, the draft curriculum frameworks will be available for public comment. Adoption by the Board and distribution of the framework is anticipated in late 2010.

School divisions should be reviewing and revising English and science curricula to align with the 2010 standards during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. Full implementation of the 2010 English Standards of Learning and the 2010 Science Standards of Learning is anticipated during the 2012-2013 school year.

For further information, please contact Tracy Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-0249.

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Attachments:

  1. Revised English Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools (PDF)
  2. Revised Science Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools (PDF)