Superintendent's Memo #086-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

April 1, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2010 English and Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework

The Virginia Board of Education adopted the revised Curriculum Framework for the 2010 English Standards of Learning and the revised Curriculum Framework for the 2010 Science Standards of Learning on November 18, 2010.  The revised versions reflect the changes for alignment to the 2010 English Standards of Learning and the 2010 Science Standards of Learning that were approved by the Board on January 14, 2010.  The final version of the English Curriculum Framework and the Science Curriculum Framework with the strikethroughs and underlines removed are now posted on the Virginia Department of Education’s Web site.  The English Curriculum Framework is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/english/review.shtml and the Science Curriculum  Framework is available at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/science/index.shtml.

Additionally, an English Crosswalk between the 2002 and 2010 English Standards of Learning is posted to assist school divisions in aligning existing curriculum to the 2010 English Standards of Learning at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/english/review.shtml.  A Science Crosswalk will be posted at a later date.

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 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Barbara P. Young, science specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Barbara.Young@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.

Questions regarding assessment should be directed to the Office of Assessment Development, by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2102.

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