COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 178

September 8, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Online Reading Tutorial and Virginia Online Algebra I Tutorial

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce statewide availability of both the Virginia Online Reading Tutorial and the Virginia Online Algebra I Tutorial. The Virginia Online Reading Tutorial has been used successfully by over 16,000 students since the 2004-2005 school year. The Virginia Online Algebra I Tutorial was used in 2005-2006 school year by over 8,000 students.

 

Both tutorials are designed to determine student academic needs through an online assessment and to 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 appropriate Standards of Learning assessment.

 

For the Virginia Online Reading Tutorial, teachers may now enroll seniors who have not passed the English Reading end-of-course Standards of Learning assessment, or juniors determined to be at-risk of not passing this same assessment. The Virginia Online Algebra I Tutorial is available to 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. Teachers may also enroll high school students who are at risk of not passing the Algebra I Standards of Learning assessment.

Although students may engage in lessons from home or school, each school must provide a facilitator/teacher to serve as a mentor and guide to enrolled students. Facilitators should be endorsed English or mathematics instructors. Facilitators will have access to student accounts, will monitor student progress, and offer individual guidance. School divisions may also request administrative accounts for division administrators, principals, or department chairs. These accounts will enable administrators to track progress of their students.

 

Information for System Administrators:

The Princeton Review is in the process of completing a maintenance project that includes the addition of new public IP addresses. Please make sure that your firewall settings will allow traffic to and from the IP ranges listed below. Effective 9 p.m. on September 27, 2006, these new IP ranges will need to be set in your firewalls in order to access the Virginia Reading and Algebra I Online Tutorials on the Homeroom Assessment Center platform.

 

170.171.242.0/24

204.193.128.0/24

 

For more information please contact Princeton Review Customer Support at (888) 778-7737.

 

Registration:

Attached are two EXCEL spreadsheets and instructions, one for reading (Attachment A) and one for Algebra I (Attachment B), which must be completed and e-mailed to Princeton Review for acceptance. The list of school identification numbers is included in Attachment C. 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 specify either Virginia Reading Tutorial or Virginia Algebra I Tutorial.

 

  • Body of e-mail: Please include the following:

a.     Division and school name (e.g., Accomack-Arcadia High School)

b.     Your contact information including name, e-mail, mailing address, and telephone number.

 

For more information please contact Tracy Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

 

BKC/TR/DKB/yba

 

Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf178a.xls

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf178b.xls

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf178c.pdf