COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 190

November 14, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Practice Assessment Tools: Geometry

 

I am pleased to inform you that an electronic Practice Assessment Tool (ePAT) has been released for End-of-Course (EOC) Geometry. This software program is comprised of spring 2002 released geometry test items and is located on the ePAT home page at: http://etest.ncs.com/Customers/Virginia/pat_home.htm.

 

This application is intended to support and enhance student preparation for the Standards of Learning Web-based Assessments. These tutorials provide direct exposure to the format and structure of the questions and enable users to receive direct feedback for each item. Of particular importance in the new geometry ePAT is student practice with the online compass and straightedge as preparation for future exposure to the online geometry test. (Geometry will be a comparability study offering in the spring 2004 SOL test administration.)

 

As with all ePAT offerings, this application may be downloaded to workstations or put on a local server at your schools. The application is available in both MAC and PC versions. No login or password is required. The application stands alone and does not require Internet access. The questions are not scored or reported; students may use the tracking sheets to assess their performance. Guidelines for the use of ePAT also are available on the ePAT home page.

 

I encourage you to download ePAT Geometry (along with the other subjects available) and allow your students to use them as they prepare for their Standards of Learning Web-based Assessments.

 

If you need additional information or guidance, please contact Mark Schaefermeyer (mailto:mschaefe@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 225-2998 or Sarah Susbury (mailto:ssusbury@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 786-5823.

 

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