Superintendent's Memo #239-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 28, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Implementation of New Standards of Learning Test Blueprints for the 2008 History & Social Science Standards of Learning

As stated in Superintendent's Memorandum Number 49, dated February 29, 2008, beginning in 2010-2011, the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will assess full implementation of the 2008 History and Social Science SOL. In preparation for the implementation of the new assessments measuring the 2008 SOL, new history and social science test blueprints have been developed.

Assessments developed using the new blueprints will be administered for the first time in the fall 2010 administration for only the end-of-course history and social science tests (World History and Geography to 1500 A.D. [C.E.], World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. [C.E.] to the Present, Virginia & US History, and World Geography). The remainder of the new history blueprints will be effective with the spring 2011 test administration (see attachment).

The new history blueprints may be accessed and downloaded at:

The revised history test blueprints are being shared at this time to accommodate curriculum development and instructional planning. It is imperative that all school division staff understand that the new blueprints do not become effective until 2010-2011.

Should you have any questions, please contact the assessment staff by e-mail at or by phone at (804) 225-2918.



a. 2010-2011 Implementation of Standards of Learning History Tests Based on the 2008 History & Social Science Standards (PDF)