Superintendent's Memo #171-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 23, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Implementation of the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning, Technical Edits, and 2008 Blueprints

Full implementation of the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning will begin in the fall of the 2010-2011 school year.  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 & U.S. History, and World Geography). The remainder of the new history blueprints will be effective with the spring 2011 test administration.  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 K-3 revised 2008 Standards.

Two technical edits to the 2008 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework have recently been made.  In grade two, 2.1, “bronze” has been removed from the chart.  In Virginia Studies, VS.7c, the following clarifying language that was removed has been reinserted to the second bullet, “Many enslaved African Americans fled to the Union army as it approached and some fought for the Union.”

The 2008 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework, including the recent technical edits, may be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/history_socialscience/index.shtml. The new history and social science blueprints may be accessed and downloaded at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/history_socialscience/index.shtml.

For further information, please contact Beverly M. Thurston, history and social science coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893; or Betsy Barton, history and social science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Betsy.Barton@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3454.

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