P.O. BOX 2120
August 31, 2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Crosswalk of Common Content for the History and Social Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework

At the direction of the Board of Education, the Virginia Department of Education was authorized to develop and distribute to school divisions a crosswalk document that identifies the content that is common to the 1995 and 2001 Standards of Learning for history and social science. This crosswalk document consists of a summary chart showing the common content between the two sets of standards. The summary chart follows the 1995 SOL Assessment Blueprints and does not contain content that is new to the 2001 Standards of Learning.

The Board of Education also authorized a crosswalk document that reflects the common content included in the 1999 Teacher Resource Guide and the 2001 Curriculum Framework. The Division of Instruction and the Division of Assessment and Reporting worked together to identify this common content. Because the Curriculum Framework amplified the knowledge and skills presented in each standard and updated the Teacher Resource Guide, some interpretation of common content between the two documents was necessary. This crosswalk document consists of the 2001 Curriculum Framework with certain content underlined. All underlined content in the 2001 Curriculum Framework is considered to be common content. Efforts will be made to ensure that only the information that is underlined will be included on the Standards of Learning assessments in history and social science during the 2001-2002 school year.

I am pleased to inform you that both documents representing the crosswalk of common content between the 1995 and 2001 Standards of Learning for history and social science have been posted on the Department of Education website at

The department plans to develop a CD-ROM that includes the revised Standards of Learning for history and social science and the Curriculum Framework as well as the crosswalk documents. We will distribute to every school division two printed copies of the revised Standards of Learning, one printed copy of the Curriculum Framework, one printed copy of the crosswalk documents, and two copies of the CD-ROM. In addition, the department plans to distribute to every school one printed copy of the revised Standards of Learning, one printed copy of the common content documents, and one CD-ROM that includes the standards, the Curriculum Framework, and the crosswalk documents. We anticipate the delivery of these materials to school divisions and schools by the middle of September. For school divisions that need the documents immediately, we encourage you to download them from the department's website.

School divisions are encouraged to use the 2001-2002 school year to work on curriculum alignment and to prepare for full implementation of the revised standards within two years. It is anticipated that the 2002-2003 Standards of Learning assessments will include core items based on common content and field-test items based on new 2001 Standards of Learning content.

If you should have questions about the implementation of the history and social science Standards of Learning, the Curriculum Framework, or the crosswalk documents, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston (, history and social science specialist, at (804) 225-2893.