COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 220

October 29, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Algebra I Online Tutorial Regional Training Sessions

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of the Algebra I Online Tutorial. The tutorial was developed as part of Governor Mark Warners Project Graduation initiative and will be available to high school students who have passed Algebra I but not the corresponding end-of-course assessment. Students who entered the ninth grade for the first time in 2003 or later must have a verified credit in mathematics to graduate with a standard diploma.

 

The tutorial is designed to identify student academic needs with an online pretest and tailor Web-based lessons to meet those needs. After students have completed all recommended lessons, they will be given a final online assessment. Students may review tutorial lessons and retake the final online assessment as many times as they wish. The tutorial will be available at no charge to public school students in Virginia.

 

Although students may engage in lessons from home or school, each school must provide a contact person to serve as a facilitator and mentor to enrolled students. The school facilitator will have access to accounts and may monitor student progress. The facilitator must complete a training program. Several regional opportunities are available for training facilitators and/or trainers for each school division. School divisions with K-12 enrollments of 6,000 or fewer may send one person to a regional training. School divisions with K-12 enrollments greater than 6,000 may send two people to a regional training session. Each regional training site has a limited number of seats that will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The enrollment form is attached.

 

If you have questions, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss at (804) 786-6418 or dbliss@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

JLD/DKL/nyk

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/inf220a.pdf