Superintendent’s Memo #304-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 9, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Update to the Practice Item Sets on the Virginia Department of Education Web Site

As communicated via Superintendent’s E-mail dated October 31, 2012, the practice item sets on the Virginia Department of Education Web site for the End-of-Course (EOC) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, and Reading practice item sets located at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/index.shtml have been updated.  The number of additional items varies by test, but in all cases the additional items have been added to the end of the existing practice items.

More practice items will be added to the existing grades 3-8 mathematics, grades 3, 5, and 8 science, and the grades 3-8 reading practice item sets in early 2013.  School divisions will be notified when additional practice items for these grade levels are available.

In addition, each practice item set has now been updated to reflect changes in how student responses to technology-enhanced items will appear on the section review screen within TestNav, the online testing software used in Virginia.  Furthermore, all practice item guides have been updated to reflect the inclusion of the additional practice items and/or the changes in how student responses to technology-enhanced items will appear on the section review screen.

Should you have any 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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