COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 44

November 11, 2003

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Computer Mathematics Using Graphing Calculators

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the development of a set of materials to help interested high schools and mathematics teachers implement a Computer Mathematics course in which the graphing calculator is the primary computing device. Computer Mathematics is a Board of Education approved course based on the Standards of Learning content adopted in October 2001. This mathematics course is considered above the level of algebra and geometry and may be used to satisfy a standard unit of credit toward the Standard and Advanced Studies Diplomas. Examples of course sequences fulfilling the mathematics requirements for a Standard Diploma are (a) Algebra I, Part 1; Algebra I, Part 2; and Computer Mathematics; or (b) Algebra I, Geometry, and Computer Mathematics. Computer Mathematics may also be used with Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II to fulfill the mathematics requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma.

 

A CD-ROM containing the course materials will be distributed in November 2003 as follows: two CD-ROMs per high school and two CD-ROMs per school division.

 

For further information, contact Deborah Kiger Lyman (dlyman@mail.vak12ed.edu), mathematics specialist, at

(804) 786-6418.

 

PIW/DKL