SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 104
May 14, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Standards of Learning Revision for Art, Theatre, Music, Foreign Language, Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education|
I am pleased to announce that during the Board of Education's April Retreat, the Board approved a work plan presented by the Department of Education to revise the Standards of Learning (SOL) in art, theatre, music, foreign language, health, physical education, and driver education. The enclosed work plan provides for the revision of art, theatre, music, and foreign language SOL during Phase I, May 1999 - June 2000, and for the revision of Health, Physical Education, and Driver Education SOL in Phase II, May 2000 - June 2001. The Department of Education is seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to revise the SOL in art, theatre, music, and foreign language during the summer of 1999. Each content area committee will have a writing team consisting of at least 20 individuals. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, parents, or other stakeholders who have knowledge of the content areas and experience with standards development. Committee members will be asked to review information related to their content areas prior to convening for a week in July or August to revise the Standards of Learning. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive an honorarium. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the revision process. A nomination form is attached to be duplicated as needed. You are encouraged to nominate individuals for each discipline area listed on the nomination form. Please return the forms to Kate Franson, Administrative Assistant, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120 or FAX (804) 786-5466 by May 28, 1999. Committee members will be notified of their selection and provided with further information regarding the revision process by June 15, 1999. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryle C. Gardner, Specialist of Fine Arts (Art, Dance, and Theatre) at 804/225- 2881; Dr. Theresa Lee, Specialist of Fine Arts (Music) at 804/786-8078; or Dr. Linda Wallinger, Specialist of Foreign Languages/ESL at 804/225-2593. PDS/jf Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.