SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 41
February 28, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||SOL Field Test Pre-Administration Workshops|
In preparation for the Standards of Learning (SOL) field test slated for April 29-May 2, 1997, the Department of Education will conduct regional pre-administration workshops throughout the state. The purpose of the workshops will be to review the administration procedures associated with the SOL field test. Participants will then be able to return to their school divisions and conduct training for others in the proper administration of the SOL field test. In scheduling these workshops, we have not been able to find any single set of times that will work for all school divisions. Spring breaks vary across the state, making a single set of times impossible. In an effort to address your scheduling differences, while providing the workshops in sufficient time for participants to return to their school divisions and conduct training, we have scheduled two sets of workshops. Both sets provide an opportunity for regional workshops in the western, central, and eastern parts of the state. The workshops schedule is as follows: March 24 - Roanoke--Holiday Inn Tanglewood March 25 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central March 26 - Culpeper--Holiday Inn April 2 - Abingdon--Camberley's Martha Washington Inn April 3 - Harrisonburg--Sheraton Inn April 4 - Hampton--Holiday Inn Coliseum April 7 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central Division Superintendents Page 2 February 28, 1997 All workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. and are anticipated to close at 12:30 p.m. We have assigned school divisions to these workshops as we have done in the past (see Attachment A); however, we expect that many school divisions will want to change their sites to work around their spring break schedules. We will accommodate these changes, even if we have to schedule a second workshop in a location on the same day. If a second location is scheduled, it will run from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To meet your need for flexibility and have sufficient materials at a particular location, or to schedule a second session, we need to know immediately those divisions wishing to attend a location other than the one to which they are assigned. As with our previous workshops, we will be asking that the Division Director of Testing and two additional persons from each school division attend these workshops. We will not be able to accommodate more additional persons from school divisions. Please return the attached form to Judy Singh in the Division of Assessment and Reporting indicating your preferences regarding these workshops no later than March 12, 1997. We must receive your form on this timeline to make adjustments in the schedule as requests may dictate. The Division of Assessment and Reporting will work directly with your Division Director of Testing to solve any scheduling problems that arise. We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward to working with your staff to make this a convenient and meaningful workshop. Your school division's participation in this activity is critical for the proper administration of the SOL field test. RTL/mwc Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office. SOL Field Test Pre-Administration Workshops Response Form __________ The three persons from my division will attend the workshops as assigned in the superintendent's memo. No change is requested. __________ The three persons from my division cannot attend the workshop as assigned in the superintendent's memo. Please change us to attending the workshop noted below: _____ March 24 - Roanoke--Holiday Inn Tanglewood _____ March 25 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central _____ March 26 -Culpeper--Holiday Inn _____ April 2 - Abingdon--Camberley's Martha Washington Inn _____ April 3 - Harrisonburg--Sheraton Inn _____ April 4 - Hampton--Holiday Inn Coliseum _____ April 7 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central Division Name: Division Director of Testing Name: Division Director of Testing Signature: Date: Please fax to: Judy Singh Division of Assessment and Reporting Virginia Department of Education P.O. Box 2120 Richmond, VA 23218-2120 Phone: 804/786-1390 Fax: 804/371-8978 SOL Workshops 3/24/97 Roanoke Holiday Inn-Tanglewood 4468 Starkey Road, SW Roanoke, VA 24014 540/774-4400 Alleghany Highlands Halifax Amherst Henry Bedford Lynchburg City Bland Martinsville City Botetourt Montgomery Campbell Patrick Covington City Pittsylvania Craig Pulaski Danville City Radford City Floyd Roanoke Franklin County Roanoke City Giles Salem City 3/25/97 Richmond Holiday Inn-Central 3207 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23230 804/359-9441 Amelia Henrico Appomattox Hopewell City Brunswick King William Buckingham Lunenburg Charlotte Mecklenburg Chesterfield Nottoway Colonial Heights City Petersburg City Cumberland Powhatan Dinwiddie Prince Edward Goochland Prince George Greensville Richmond City Hanover 3/26/97 Culpeper Holiday Inn US Business 29 P. O. Box 1206 Culpeper, VA 22701 540/825-1253 Alexandria City King and Queen Arlington Madison Caroline Manassas City Colonial Beach Manassas Park City Culpeper Northumberland Essex Orange Fairfax Prince William Falls Church City Richmond County Fauquier Spotsylvania Fredericksburg City Stafford King George Westmoreland 4/2/97 Abingdon Camberley's Martha Washington Inn 150 West Main Street Abingdon, VA 24231 540/628-3161 Bristol City Russell Buchanan Scott Carroll Smyth Dickenson Tazewell Galax City Washington Grayson Wise Lee Wythe Norton City 4/3/97 Harrisonburg Sheraton Inn 1400 E. Market Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540/433-2521 Albemarle Loudoun Augusta Louisa Bath Nelson Buena Vista City Page Charlottesville City Rappahannock Clarke Rockbridge Fluvanna Rockingham Frederick Shenandoah Greene Staunton City Harrisonburg City Warren Highland Waynesboro City Lexington City Winchester City Virginia School for Deaf/Blind--Staunton 4/4/97 Hampton Holiday Inn 1815 W. Mercury Blvd. Hampton, VA 23666 804/838-0200 Accomack Norfolk City Charles City County Northampton Chesapeake City Poquoson City Franklin City Portsmouth City Gloucester Southampton Hampton City Suffolk City Isle of Wight Surry Lancaster Sussex Mathews Virginia Beach City Middlesex West Point New Kent Williamsburg City Newport News City York Virginia School for Deaf/Blind--Hampton 4/7/97 Richmond Holiday Inn-Central 3207 North Boulevard Richmond, VA 23230 804/359-9441 Make-up session for those uable to attend any other session; scheduled by request only.