SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 194
October 15, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Sample Curricula Aligned to the Standards of Learning|
We are pleased to provide you with one CD-ROM disk per school division containing sample curricula in the areas of mathematics, science, and English that have been developed and aligned with the Standards of Learning by a consortia of small school divisions in several regions across Virginia. The Department of Education has compiled these curricula to provide a beginning point for local curriculum efforts, and with the understanding that considerable staff development, alignment to specific instructional materials, and the development of additional objectives to foster student readiness may be necessary. These resources are available in two forms: a HTML format made available in June that may be found on the Department of Education's Home Page (www.pen.k12.va.us/go/VDOE). To access, select: "Popular" then "SOL Resources" then "SOL Aligned Curriculum". In addition, a CD-ROM disk using Microsoft WORD 6.0 (which can be opened on either a MAC or PC platform) will be mailed by October 15, 1999, to the contact person designated on the materials order form which was enclosed with Supts. Memo. No. 113 (Informational, May 21, 1999). Either the HTML or WORD version may be downloaded and may be edited or modified. The sample curricula provide examples of different formats and approaches to curriculum development. A copy of this memorandum as well as a technical assistance bulletin providing suggestions for opening and accessing the curricula on the CD will be included with the CD package. All contents of these resources are copyrighted. Use by commercial companies, private consultants, or organizations outside of the state of Virginia is prohibited without prior approval. Under no circumstances may the contents of these resources be used in a for-profit endeavor. As an additional resource, Dr. Robert Hanny, professor of education at The College of William and Mary, has provided an introduction that offers guidance in terms of appropriate use of the resources as well as tips for developing and aligning curricula. Questions regarding the content or interpretation of the standards should be directed to the appropriate K-8 subject specialist, as noted on the technical assistance bulletin. Questions regarding the use of the curriculum resources as a whole should be directed to Dr. James Heywood, director, Elementary and Middle School Instructional Services, at either email@example.com or (804) 225-2865. We hope this resource will be helpful as you continue to align your local curricula with Virginia's Standards of Learning. PDS/JSH/pl .