COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 61

March 21, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Review of the Mathematics Standards of Learning

 

At the Board of Education meeting on March 19, 2008, the Department of Education was authorized to proceed this spring with the review process of the Mathematics Standards of Learning, consistent with the schedule adopted by the Board in September 2000. It is anticipated that the standards review will be completed by June 2009.

 

An important part of the review process for the Mathematics Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from administrators, curriculum supervisors, mathematics educators, and others who have expertise in the content of the current standards. Please inform personnel in your school division and other stakeholders that they may review the current standards at the Virginia Department of Education website http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Superintendent/Sols/home.shtml and comment on the current standards by e-mail at mathsol@doe.virginia.gov. Comments will be received at this address from March 21, 2008, until April 23, 2008.

 

The Department of Education is also seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review the Mathematics Standards of Learning during the summer of 2008. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have expertise in the content areas and the standards.

 

Committee members reviewing the Mathematics Standards of Learning will be asked to review information related to their content areas prior to convening for a three-day meeting on August 5-7, 2008, to review the standards. Committee members will be eligible to receive recertification points, pending the approval of their school division. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.

 

A nomination form, to be duplicated as needed for interested individuals, is attached. Please return nomination forms by April 30, 2008. Committee members will be notified on or before May 15, 2008. Committee members will be selected on the basis of expertise and experience in mathematics and balanced regional representation.

 

If you have any questions about the Mathematics Standards of Learning review, please contact Deborah Kiger Bliss, mathematics coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Bliss@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804)786-6418.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Nomination Form for Mathematics SOL Review Committee (Word)