COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120


SUPTS. MEMO NO. 158
August 25, 2000

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary 
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Educational Objectives to Include Proficiency in the Use of Computers and Related Technology 

On April 9, 2000, action was taken by the 2000 General Assembly to include the teaching and integration of computer and related technology objectives in local programs of instruction for grades Kindergarten through 12. Specifically, changes were made in the Code of Virginia requiring local school boards to develop and implement a program of instruction for grades Kindergarten through 12 that includes proficiency in the use of computers and related technology. (Sections 22.1-253.13:1, 22.1-253.13:3, 22.1-253.13:5 and 22.1-253.13:6.) On May 24, 2000, the Virginia Board of Education adopted Computer/Technology Standards of Learning that identify skills to be acquired by the end of grade 12. These standards were disseminated to local school divisions through a superintendentís memorandum (No. 124) on June 23, 2000. In addition, the Standards of Learning for mathematics, science, history and social sciences, and English provide opportunities for teachers to incorporate various technologies with instruction.

The teaching and integration of computer and related technology objectives should be the shared responsibility of teachers of all disciplines. Computer and technology skills are essential components of every studentís education, and opportunities for students to acquire necessary skills for academic success should be maximized. The use of technology, integrated across the curriculum, will provide numerous opportunities for students' use of existing and emerging technology tools for communication, productivity, management, research, problem solving, and decision making.

Mastery of these skills results in students who are computer literate and competent in using technology tools to support their learning needs.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Patricia I. Wright, (mailto:pwright@pen.k12.va.us), assistant superintendent for instruction, at (804) 225-2880 or Lan Neugent, (mailto:lneugent@pen.k12.va.us), assistant superintendent for technology, at (804) 786-2260.

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