COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 64

March 25, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Web-Based NCS Mentor for Virginia

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the statewide availability of the Web-based version of NCS Mentor for Virginia, a training tool designed to help Virginias teachers prepare students for the English Standards of Learning Direct Writing Assessment. Developed by the Virginia Department of Education and Pearson Educational Measurement, this program provides practice-scoring opportunities with sets of papers written by Virginia students. Participants will be able to score papers in verification sets and view scoring based on Virginias three-domain scoring model. Teachers will gain better understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning Direct Writing Assessments for grade 5, grade 8, and end-

of-course, understand the use of rubrics in scoring student writing, and develop consistency in scoring actual student work. Teachers may also use this program with students to facilitate their understanding of the expectations in each of the domains.

 

This program will provide an opportunity to study anchor papers that illustrate each score point of each domain and promote understanding of the differences between score points.

 

To access NCS Mentor for Virginia, go to www.ncsmentor.com.

 

For further information, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov high school English specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at 804-371-7585.

 

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