DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. __2__

March 9, 2001

March 9, 2001

TO: | Division Superintendents |

FROM: | Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction |

SUBJECT: | Mathematics Requirements for the Advanced Studies Diploma |

The __Regulations Establishing Standards
for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia__ effective September 28,
2000, delineate requirements for an Advanced Studies Diploma beginning
with the ninth grade class of 1998-99 (8 VAC 20-131-50 Requirements for
Graduation, paragraph C). Four standard units of credit are required in
mathematics in accordance with the first footnote which states, "Courses
completed to satisfy this requirement shall be at or above the level of
algebra and shall include at least three different course selections from
among: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, or other mathematics courses above
the level of Algebra II." Additionally, __The School Administrator’s Handbook
of Course Codes, Position Codes and Licensure Endorsement Codes__ dated
July 2000, lists board-approved Courses in Mathematics with a footnote
on page 50 reading, "In the advanced studies diploma program, only one
unit of credit for a Part I course may be used to satisfy the four required
mathematics credits for graduation."

A candidate for an Advanced Studies Diploma must complete coursework through Algebra II. A student might meet the mathematics requirement in several ways. Examples include, but are not limited to the following:

(a) Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Mathematical

Analysis

(b) Algebra I, Part I; Algebra I, Part II; Geometry,

Algebra II

(c) Algebra I; Geometry, Part I; Geometry, Part II;

Algebra II

In all examples, students meet the requirements stated in the Standards of Accreditation and in the School Administrator’s Handbook. A student taking Algebra I,

Part I; Algebra I, Part II; Geometry, Part I; and Geometry, Part II would not meet these requirements and would not be eligible for an Advanced Studies Diploma.

If you have any questions, please contact
Deborah Kiger Lyman,(mailto:dlyman@mail.vak12ed.edu),
secondary mathematics specialist at(804)786-6418.

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