September 9, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: ACT WorkKeys Business Writing Assessment Discontinued

ACT has informed the Virginia Department of Education that it will be "sunsetting" or discontinuing the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment. This information is relevant to Virginia school divisions as the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment is on the list of substitute tests approved by the Virginia Board of Education.

ACT has indicated that the official sunset date for the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment is June 1, 2017, and has provided the following additional important dates related to the assessment:

School divisions may continue to award verified credits to students who achieve the required minimum score on the ACT WorkKeys Business Writing assessment prior to the test being discontinued.  The Substitute Tests Approved for Awarding Verified Credit document has been updated to reflect this information.

School divisions are reminded that the Virginia Department of Education has an established process, referenced in Superintendent's Memo No. 298-14, for school divisions to nominate standardized tests that meet certain criteria to be considered as potential substitute tests for awarding verified credits.

For questions regarding this information or other substitute tests, please contact student assessment staff at student_assessment@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2102.

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