P.O. BOX 2120



December 10, 2004



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Approved Cut Score for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA)


The Board of Education on November 17, 2004, approved a cut score of 165 for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) as a requirement for all individuals who are seeking an initial endorsement authorizing them to serve as principals and assistant principals in the public schools.


As required by the Code of Virginia, this licensure requirement will become effective pending completion of the technical revision process allowed under the Administrative Process Act (APA) to incorporate this new requirement into the Board of Educations Licensure Regulations for School Personnel. The implementation of the SLLA cut score for initial licensure will become effective as soon as the APA process has been completed and the new requirement has been included in the licensure regulations. The APA process is expected to be completed by the fall of 2005. Until the Licensure Regulations for School Personnel are adopted by the board, the current requirements will remain in effect.


Individuals seeking an initial administration and supervision endorsement who are interested in serving as central office instructional personnel are not required to take and pass the SLLA. However, the option of taking the SLLA instead of the internship is expected to continue when the technical revisions in the regulations are approved.


The Licensure Regulations for School Personnel set forth an endorsement in administration and supervision prek-12. Therefore, upon completion of the APA process, the administration and supervision prek-12 endorsement will include a notation to indicate whether the

individual has met the SLLA and can serve as a principal or assistant principal or has not met the SLLA and is restricted to serving in central office positions.


A question and answer document providing additional information regarding the implementation of the SLLA will be available on the Teacher Education and Licensure website ( within a week after this memorandum has been posted. In the meanwhile, should you have questions about this requirement, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Thomas A. Elliott, assistant superintendent for teacher education and licensure; Patty S. Pitts, director of professional licensure; or Dr. JoAnne Y. Carver, director of teacher education and quality enhancement. They may be contacted by e-mail or by calling the division at (804) 371-2522.