COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 120

June 10, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Algebra Readiness Initiative (ARI) and Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Test (ARDT) Training Workshops

 

This summer the Virginia Department of Education will sponsor three regional informational and training workshops related to the Algebra Readiness Initiative (ARI). These workshops will concentrate on the use of the Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Test (ARDT) and how to use the test results in making decisions affecting instruction.

 

Two of the workshops will focus on preparing participants who are new to ARI. These two full-day workshops will teach the basics of how to set up the ARDT, organize school testing, interpret test results, and use those results to to support instruction. The dates and locations of these two workshops are:

 

           August 2, 2005 Christiansburg Middle School, Montgomery County; and

           August 8, 2005 Jack Jouett Middle School, Albemarle County.

 

These two workshops will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Each division may send up to two participants using the attached registration form due July 22, 2005. Registrations will be accepted in the order they are received until the workshops are full.

 

In additional to the two workshops for those new to ARI, the Department of Education will also sponsor a workshop for experienced ARI coordinators. The purpose of this session is to share the latest updates to the ARDT. In addition, there will be a panel discussion on common issues faced by ARI coordinators. This workshop will be held at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County on August 4, 2005, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. To register, use the attached registration form due by July 22, 2005.

 

For additional information, please contact Dr. Lois A. Williams (lois.williams@doe.virginia.gov), mathematics specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction at (804) 786-8078.

 

JLD/LAW/yba

 

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