COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 166

August 13, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Calculator Grants

 

Several years ago, the Department of Education was able to provide school divisions with graphing calculators using funding provided by the General Assembly. These calculators were purchased through a state contract and were shipped to divisions for instructional and assessment use in mathematics and science. Calculators were provided for 9th and 10th graders and for some 8th grade students. Since that time, replacement calculators, repairs, and batteries have been the responsibility of divisions.

Federal funds have recently become available to help school divisions implement the statewide Standards of Learning assessment system. These funds can be used to purchase new scientific and graphing calculators, repair non-functioning calculators, or to purchase calculator batteries. To afford maximum flexibility and accommodate the time available, the department will provide direct grants to school divisions for the calculators. Attachment A of this memorandum provides a grant distribution listing based upon a proportion of each divisions enrollment in middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grades) mathematics and science, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry in 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. Because these are 2002 grant year federal funds, divisions must encumber the funds by September 30, 2004, and seek reimbursement prior to December 31, 2004. Purchases made between July 1, 2002 and September 30, 2004, are also eligible for grant reimbursement.

 

See SUPTS. MEMO NO. 112, June 27, 2003, and SUPTS MEMO NO. 128, June 16, 2004 for a listing of calculators that are approved for use on Standards of Learning assessments in 2004-2005.

If you have questions about these grants, please contact Richard Schley (rschley@mail.vak12ed.edu), educational technology specialist, at 804-371-6882. If you have questions about the use of calculators, please contact Deborah K. Bliss (dbliss@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-6418.

 

JLD/lwn

 

Attachment

 

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