Superintendent's Memo #138-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 15, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning Implementation Timeline

On February 19, 2009, the Board of Education adopted the revised Mathematics Standards of Learning for public schools in Virginia. These standards represent a significant development in public education in Virginia and focus on the mathematical knowledge and skills all students need for the future. The Mathematics Standards of Learning provide a framework for instructional programs designed to raise the academic achievement of all students in Virginia and are an important part of Virginia’s efforts to provide challenging educational programs in the public schools.

School divisions are expected to begin implementation of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning by September 2010 and to fully implement the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning in the 2011-2012 academic year. In spring 2011, items measuring new content in the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning will be field tested. In spring 2012, all items on the Mathematics Standards of Learning assessments will be based on the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning Implementation Timeline is attached.

Recognizing that curriculum alignment efforts require planning, time, staff development, and resources, school divisions should begin to:

The Mathematics Standards of Learning may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/index.shtml. A curriculum framework for the Mathematics Standards of Learning will be available in fall 2009. For further information about the Mathematics Standards of Learning, please contact 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.

PIW / DKB / yba

Attachment

a. 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning Instruction and Assessment Implementation Timeline (PDF)