COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
October 29, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
As you are aware, full implementation of the 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning began 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 revised 2008 Standards for grades kindergarten through three.
Technical edits to the 2008 History and Social Science Curriculum Framework have been made. In United States History to 1865, USI.9f, page 33, language has been revised in the first four bullets under “Effects of the war on African Americans.” In Civics and Economics, CE.5e, page 16, the information on voter registration has been updated to reflect a change in the Code of Virginia effective January 1, 2010. The revised Curriculum Framework pages containing the technical edits can be found in Attachment A.
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.PIW/BMT/BSB/vdg