P. O. BOX 2120

April 30, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: School Calendars, Summer School Dates, and Estimated Summer School SOL Enrollment

The Department of Education is in the process of planning 
for the 1999-2000 Standards of Learning (SOL) test 
administrations.  To accomplish this, we need information 
from your school division concerning the 1999-2000 school 
calendar, summer school dates, and estimated summer school 

1999-2000 School Calendar

To the extent possible, we want to base the testing windows 
on division calendars; thus it is necessary that we have 
calendar information from your division.  We are asking your 
Division Director of Testing (DDOT) to forward a copy of 
your 1999-2000 division calendar to the Division of 
Assessment and Reporting by Friday, May 14, 1999.  To avoid 
the need for you to respond to another request for the same 
information, we will share your calendar with the Department 
of Education's Division of Management Information Systems. 

Summer SOL Administration

Summer administration of the SOL tests will commence in the 
summer of 1999.  Summer SOL administrations are designed to 
accommodate two groups of students:

1. students enrolled in courses for which there are SOL 
tests; all enrolled students must be tested; and

2. students in the class of 2004 who desire to retake 
an SOL end-of-course test previously failed; these 
students do not have to be enrolled in a course to 
take a test; participation by these students is 

A. 1999 Summer School Dates

The Department is requesting the starting and ending 
dates of summer school programs that offer courses that 
require end-of-course tests. The information is being 
collected on the SOL Test Enrollment Request included 
in a mailing to your DDOT.

B. Estimated Summer School Enrollment for Standards of 
Learning (SOL) Tests

To determine the number of SOL test booklets and answer 
documents required for the summer 1999 administration, 
we need to know the number of students planning to take 
SOL high school tests.  In addition to students 
enrolled in credit-bearing courses, you may have 
students who fall under the SOL test graduation 
requirements (Class of 2004, rising 8th graders) who 
have failed an SOL end-of-course test and need an 
additional opportunity to retake the test and earn a 
verified credit. 

The SOL Test Enrollment Request forms are being sent under 
separate cover to your designated DDOT, along with 
instructions for completing these forms.  A sample SOL Test 
Enrollment Request form and instructions are enclosed for 
your information. A copy of Informational Superintendents 
Memorandum No. 39 (Approval of Courses to Satisfy Graduation 
Requirements), dated March 6, 1998, is also enclosed for 
your reference. 

While we recognize that the numbers provided will be 
estimates, it is important that this enrollment information 
be as accurate as possible and forwarded to the Division of 
Assessment and Reporting as soon as possible, but no later 
than Friday, May 14, 1999.

We appreciate your time and effort in providing this 
important information.

Questions should be directed to the staff of the Division of 
Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102.


Enclosures:     A hard copy of this memo and its attachments 
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.