### Superintendent’s Memo #081-12

**COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA **

Department of Education

March 30, 2012

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

### SUBJECT: Passing Scores Adopted by the Board of Education for the New Grades 3-8 Mathematics Tests Based on the 2009 Standards of Learning

On March 22, 2012, the Virginia Board of Education adopted passing scores for the new grades 3-8 mathematics tests that measure the 2009 Standards of Learning (SOL). New “cut scores,” which are expressed in the number of items a student must answer correctly to achieve a certain level of proficiency, were adopted for the achievement levels of *fail/basic*, *pass/proficient*, and *pass/advanced*.

The passing scores for each of the new grades 3-8 mathematics tests are shown below:

Test |
Fail/Basic |
Pass/Proficient |
Pass/Advanced |

Grade 3 Mathematics |
16 out of 40 |
26 out of 40 |
36 out of 40 |

Grade 4 Mathematics |
17 out of 50 |
31 out of 50 |
45 out of 50 |

Grade 5 Mathematics |
18 out of 50 |
31 out of 50 |
45 out of 50 |

Grade 6 Mathematics |
16 out of 50 |
28 out of 50 |
45 out of 50 |

Grade 7 Mathematics |
17 out of 50 |
31 out of 50 |
45 out of 50 |

Grade 8 Mathematics |
17 out of 50 |
31 out of 50 |
46 out of 50 |

These cut scores have been communicated to Pearson, Virginia’s testing contractor, so that the work necessary to implement these cut scores and report the results of the new grades 3-8 mathematics tests administered in spring 2012 can begin. It is important to remember that the cut scores listed above apply only to the test form that was reviewed by the standard setting committee. Other forms of the grades 3-8 mathematics tests will be statistically equated to the “standard setting” test form to ensure that the same level of achievement is required of all students taking a test for a particular grade level. As a result of the equating process, the number of items a student is required to answer correctly for a particular grade level may fluctuate slightly.

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

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