COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 214

October 21, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Language Arts and Mathematics Blueprints WebEx Sessions for Standards of Learning Tests

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce a series of WebEx sessions highlighting the blueprints for the new grades 4, 5, 6, and 7 mathematics and language arts Standards of Learning tests. The purpose of the sessions is to provide assistance to school divisions as they prepare students for the spring 2006 administration of these new Standards of Learning assessments.

 

The interactive WebEx sessions will focus on the specifics of the mathematics and language arts tests in grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. Each session can accommodate up to 19 participants with telephone and computer access. The schedule of 16 one-hour sessions appears on the attached registration form. These sessions will begin on November 14, 2005, and continue through November 17, 2005, and will benefit assistant superintendents, directors of instruction, content specialists, and principals of schools that house grades 2 through 8. Participants will be registered on a first-come basis due to the limited number of slots available at each session. Registration is due November 4, 2005.

 

During the language arts WebEx sessions, attention will be given to the new Technical Assistance Document for Reading in Grades 2 through 8. This document is attached in .pdf format.

 

In December a website will be available, which will contain all of the mathematics and language arts resources from the Virginia Department of Education. A Superintendents Memo will be posted announcing the websites availability. These resources will aid teachers in preparing students for the Standards of Learning assessments. Divisions may download the documents as needed.

 

For additional information about these sessions, please contact Dr. Lois Williams (Lois.Williams@doe.virginia.gov), mathematics specialist, at (804) 786-8078; or Tracy Robertson (Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov), English specialist, at (804) 371-7585, Office of Middle and High School Instruction.

 

JLD/LW/TR/yba

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf214a.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf214b.pdf