Superintendent's Memo #139-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 15, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Changes in Standards of Learning Mathematics Tests in 2012

At its February 19, 2009, meeting, the Virginia Board of Education adopted revised mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL). Revised mathematics curriculum frameworks are currently under development and will be submitted to the Board of Education in fall 2009.

As part of the development of new tests to measure the revised SOL and curriculum framework, there will be some changes in the structure of the SOL mathematics tests. First, beginning in spring 2012, the grade-3 mathematics test will no longer be a cumulative test covering the SOL for grades K-3. Instead, the grade-3 mathematics test will cover the grade-3 SOL only. In addition, a new end-of-course test, Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis (AFDA), will be developed for implementation in spring 2012 with field testing occurring in spring 2011. The AFDA assessment will be developed in an online format enabling the use of innovative item types.

Questions about the changes to the SOL mathematics assessments should be directed to the student assessment staff at or (804) 225-2102.

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