Superintendent’s Memo No. 282-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 17, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Changes to the Standards of Learning Assessment Program

The Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year.  Some changes are enhancements to the assessment program; others represent cost-saving measures that became necessary due to funding constraints.

The changes being implemented will vary among the different test administrations and are detailed below:

Details regarding the various changes and cost-savings measures have been provided to division directors of testing in each school division, and student assessment staff will continue to provide training and technical support to school division staff throughout the implementation of these changes.

If you have questions regarding this information, please contact student assessment staff at or (804) 225-2102.