COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 49
July 11, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
Superintendents Memorandum #42 on Graphing
Calculators and Scientific Probe Kits

 
  Superintendents Memorandum #42 presented three options for
  acquisition of graphing calculators and scientific probe
  kits funded by the General Assembly.  Ninety-four school
  divisions prefer to have the Department of Education
  purchase and distribute the technology or authorize the
  department of education to proceed with a state contract/bid
  list.  The majority of the school divisions (54) prefer to
  have the DOE purchase and distribute the graphing
  calculators and scientific probe kits.  However, an initial
  discussion with the Department of General Services created a
  need for more information to address procurement
  requirements.

  The purpose of the attached survey is to seek information on
  the school divisions' inventory and use of graphing
  calculators and electronic scientific probe kits.  For the
  purpose of the survey, the definition of graphing calculator
  is restricted to the following specifications:

          Graphing calculators that interface or link with
          an electronic data collecting device that is part
          of a scientific probe kit.  The graphing
          calculator must also have the capability of
          linking with a computer for the purpose of data
          and file sharing.

  Your completion of the attached survey by July 31, 1997 will
  be greatly appreciated.  Questions may be directed to Dr.
  Ida J. Hill, Assistant Superintendent for Technology, at
  (804) 225-2757.

  RTL/emt

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.