Superintendent's Memo #151-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 27, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Passing Scores for the Praxis Series Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment and Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE): Reading Specialist Assessment

The Board of Education prescribes the professional teacher’s assessment requirements for initial licensure in Virginia as set forth in Section 22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia.  Based on Virginia’s procurement regulations, from time to time contracts for certain tests must be opened for competitive solicitation and new contracts awarded.  As a result of the solicitation, the Virginia Department of Education contracted with the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to develop two new reading assessments that will become effective July 1, 2011:

Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE):  Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment
This assessment will be required for Virginia teachers seeking an initial license with an endorsement in Early/Primary Education PreK-3, Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-General Curriculum, Special Education-Hearing Impairments, or Special Education-Visual Impairments and will replace the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) for Elementary and Special Education Teachers.

Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE):  Reading Specialist Assessment
This assessment will be required for individuals seeking the reading specialist endorsement and will replace the Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) for Reading Specialists.

At their meeting on May 19, 2011, the Board of Education set a passing score of 157 for the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE):  Elementary and Special Education Teachers Assessment.  The Board also set a passing score of 162 for the Reading for Virginia Educators (RVE):  Reading Specialist Assessment.

These new assessments will become effective July 1, 2011.  The reading assessments will be available in both paper-and-pencil and computer-delivered formats and will be available nationwide through the ETS network of testing centers.  Full information regarding registration, testing dates, and test center locations can be accessed at http://www.ets.org/praxis/va.

A number of individuals participated in fields tests for the new assessments in January and February of 2011.  Individuals who participated in the ETS field tests will receive updated score reports indicating their passing status within the next few weeks.

The Virginia Reading Assessment (VRA) and Virginia Reading Assessment for Reading Specialists (VRA for Reading Specialists) will be discontinued effective June 30, 2011.  However, passing scores on these assessments will continue to be accepted to meet licensure requirements.

Further information on professional teacher’s assessments in Virginia may be accessed at the following Web site:  http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/prof_teacher_assessment.pdf.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Dr. James W. Lanham, director of teacher licensure and school leadership, via e-mail at James.Lanham@doe.virginia.gov or telephone at (804) 371-2471.

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