Superintendent's Memo #290-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 3, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2010 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

The Virginia Board of Education adopted the revised Curriculum Framework for the 2010 Science Standards of Learning on November 18, 2010. The revised version reflects the changes for alignment to the 2010 Science Standards of Learning that were approved by the Board on January 14, 2010. Changes that went to the Board for first review in September 2010 are indicated with single underlines and single strikethroughs. Double underlines and double strikethroughs were used for additional changes based on public comments from September 24 through October 25, 2010, and were included in the document that went to the Board for final review on November 18, 2010. The adopted Curriculum Framework for the 2010 Science Standards of Learning can be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/science/review.shtml. A final version of the Curriculum Framework with strikethroughs and underlines removed will be available early in 2011.

School divisions are expected to begin implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning by September 2011 and to fully implement the 2010 Science Standards of Learning in the 2012-2013 academic year. In spring 2012, items measuring new content in the 2010 Science Standards of Learning will be field tested. In spring 2013, all items on the Science Standards of Learning assessments will be based on the 2010 Science Standards of Learning.

For further information, please contact Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-0249; or Barbara Young, science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Barbara.Young@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 225-2676.

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