Superintendent’s Memo #038-16

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

February 26, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Approval of an Additional Substitute Test for Verified Credit in Reading

On February 25, 2016, the Virginia Board of Education approved the ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information test as an additional substitute test for verified credit in reading. A list of all tests approved as Standards of Learning (SOL) substitute tests for verified credit is on the Department of Education’s Web site at The additional test and newly adopted cut scores for pass/proficient and pass/advanced are in bold print.

The ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information test is available for use immediately for students who need a verified credit in reading. Scores for the ACT WorkKeys Reading for Information test will be used in calculating state accreditation; however, this test is not currently approved for use in federal accountability.   

Questions regarding this information should be directed to student assessment staff at or (804) 225-2102.



  1. SOL Substitute Tests for Verified Credit (PDF)