Superintendent's Memo #220-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 14, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Online Training for the Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Test (ARDT)
DUE DATE: August 14, 2009

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that training for the Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Test (ARDT) is available online in streaming video format along with closed captioning. The videos can be accessed at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/middle/algebra_readiness/index.shtml#videos.

In addition to training topics such as how to upload student names into the system and accessing reports, there is a series of videos featuring Dr. Scott Elliott, President of SEG Assessment. Dr. Elliott was the psychometrician for the test development and he answers questions about the development of the test and scoring. These videos can also be accessed at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/middle/algebra_readiness/index.shtml#videos.

For additional information about the ARDT and the Algebra Readiness Initiative, contact Deborah Wickham by e-mail at Deborah.Wickham@doe.virginia.gov or by phone at (804) 786-7986.

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