COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 165

November 16, 2001

 

 

INFORMATIONAL

 

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Certification for the Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Tests

 

As part of the Algebra Readiness Initiative, the Department of Education has awarded a contract through the Request for Proposals process to Vantage Learning to work with Virginia educators in the development of on-line diagnostic mathematics tests. These tests will enable participating school divisions to identify mathematics deficiencies of students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9.

 

School divisions have the option of using the state-provided diagnostic tests (available in January) developed by Vantage Learning. School divisions may also use locally developed or selected diagnostic tests that align with the criteria for diagnosing mathematics deficiencies. Information regarding the criteria established for the tests is included on the attached certification form. School divisions should submit the certification form by December 7, 2001.

 

For additional information, contact Dr. Wendy Geiger (wgeiger@mail.vak12.edu), middle instruction mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-2799 or Maureen B. Hijar (mhijar@mail.vak12ed.edu), director, office of middle instructional services, at (804) 225-3616.

 

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