COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 253

December 17, 2004

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Princeton Review Online Tutorial for Algebra I

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce statewide availability of the Online Standards of Learning (SOL) Tutorial for Algebra I. Schools may now enroll students in grades 9 through 12 who have passed Algebra I (or Algebra I, Part 1 and Algebra I, Part 2; or have completed the algebra content in an integrated course series) but have failed the Algebra I Standards of Learning assessment.

 

The tutorial is designed to determine student academic needs through an online assessment and tailor Web-based lessons to those needs. Upon completion of all recommended lessons, students will take a final online assessment. Students may review tutorial lessons and retake the final online assessment until they and their teachers are confident the student is prepared for the SOL assessment.

 

Although students may engage in lessons from home or school, each school must provide a facilitator to serve as a mentor and guide to enrolled students. Facilitators should be mathematics instructors with a secondary mathematics endorsement. Facilitators will have access to student accounts, will monitor student progress, and offer individual guidance. The Virginia Department of Education strongly recommends that the student to facilitator ratio not exceed 10:1.

 

Attached is an EXCEL spreadsheet that must be completed and e-mailed to Princeton Review for acceptance. Instructions for completing the spreadsheet and list of school identification numbers are also attached. E-mail completed spreadsheets to VATutorial@review.com. Incomplete spreadsheets will not be accepted.

 

The e-mail with attachment to Princeton Review must contain the following:

 

        FROM field: Must contain a mailbox that can receive an e-mail reply. This e-mail address will receive newly created user names and passwords, as well as any data error reporting.

 

        SUBJECT field: This field should include school or school division name, date, and Algebra I. (Example for Amherst County: AmherstDivision-02152004 Algebra I).

 

a. School or division name (no spaces, Example: AmherstDivision)

b.     Contact name and phone number.

 

Princeton Review will e-mail usernames and passwords to the designated facilitator within three to five business days.

 

For more information contact Greg Weisiger Greg.Weisiger@doe.virginia.gov, associate director, Office of Teleproduction Services, at (804) 692-0335; or Deborah Kiger Bliss Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, mathematics specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 371-7585.

 

JLD/yba

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/inf253a.xls

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/inf253b.pdf