COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 198

September 14, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Opening of the 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. Both the reading and algebra tutorials are offered at no cost to school divisions. Since their inception in the 2003-2004 school year, both tutorials have been effectively used by over 40,000 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. Individual students may be registered only once for each tutorial.

 

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.

 

It is the responsibility of each facilitator to ensure that student accounts are actively used, as the Virginia Department of Education pays for each account once it is created. 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.

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 The Princeton Review for acceptance. 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 facilitator 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.

 

A Teachers Guide, Administrators Guide, training PowerPoint presentations, and directions for registration for both tutorials can be found at

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/2plus4in2004/tutorial.shtml

 

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.

 

BKCJr/TR/DKB

 

Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf198a.xls

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf198b.xls