The State Board of Education is moving forward with proposed "cut" or passing scores for Standards of Learning.
The new cut scores are to help implement more rigorous standards to promote college and career readiness.
Depending on the subject, the cut scores will be applied to grades three, five, and eight for Science and grades five and eight for other subjects.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright had recommended the changes, which represent the achievement levels of pass/proficient and pass/advanced for Science and Writing tests.
These passing scores are supposed to help school divisions increase the academic success of students with disabilities. The reading and end-of-course tests for grades three-through eight are being administered for the first time this year.