COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 147

August 3, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

New Standards of Learning for an Optional Mathematics Course: Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis

 

On June 28, 2007, the Board of Education approved Standards of Learning for a new optional mathematics course, Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of Advanced Studies, Standard, and Modified Standard Diplomas.

 

The Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis Standards of Learning were first drafted in 2006 and 2007. The draft standards were posted for public comment in March 2007, and three public hearings were held the following month. Comments and recommendations from the public comment period were reviewed and incorporated into the Standards of Learning.

 

The Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis Standards of Learning are designed for students who have successfully completed an Algebra I course based on the Algebra I Standards of Learning. Emphasis is placed on building mathematical models from data generated by practical applications such as those arising from science, business, and finance. The new standards may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Superintendent/Sols/mathafda07.pdf.

 

A curriculum framework for these Standards of Learning will be developed during fall 2007. An updated list of all courses approved by the Board of Education for the Advanced Studies, Standard, and Modified Standard Diplomas may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/webcrses.html.

 

For further information about the Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis Standards of Learning, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

 

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