Superintendent's Memo #161-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 10, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Passing Scores Adopted by the Board of Education for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative in History/Social Science

The charts below list the score ranges for the proficiency levels of proficient and advanced for the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) in history/social science for Grade 3, Virginia Studies, United States History to 1865, United States History: 1865 to the Present, and Civics & Economics. The score ranges provided are based on the cut scores adopted by the Virginia Board of Education at its May 19, 2011, meeting.

VGLA History/Social Science Score Ranges and Proficiency Levels

Content Area

Proficient

Advanced

Grade 3

92 - 139

140 - 161

Virginia Studies

84 – 127

128 - 161

United States History to 1865

88 - 135

136 - 161

United States History:  1865 to Present

88 - 135

136 - 161

Civics & Economics

84 - 135

136 - 161

These score ranges will be applicable for VGLA collections of evidence based on 2008 History and Social Science Standards of Learning beginning with the spring 2011 administration.

If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff by e-mail at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 225-2102.

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