Superintendent's Memo #274-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 19, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Public Comment on the Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning

On November 18, 2010, the Virginia Board of Education accepted for first review a proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The Board is now seeking public comment on this proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning.

In June 2010, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the Mathematics Common Core State Standards. To ensure alignment of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework with the Mathematics Common Core State Standards, Department of Education staff conducted a preliminary analysis of the content from the two sets of standards, and presented a report to the Board of Education on September 23, 2010. In October 2010, the Department convened a committee of mathematics educators to further review and refine the analysis. The review committee identified several concepts in Virginia's Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning that need to be added or strengthened to ensure that Virginia's standards are equal to or more rigorous in content and scope than the Mathematics Common Core State Standards.

The committee that reviewed the preliminary analysis indicated that addition of this material would complete and strengthen the content of the Curriculum Framework such that the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework would equal or exceed the content and rigor of the Mathematics Common Core State Standards.

It is important to note that no revisions to the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning are proposed. Supplemental content would be added only to the Curriculum Framework.

The proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning can be found on the Department of Education's Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2010/11_nov/agenda_items/item_k.pdf.

Public comment on the proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning will be taken until December 20, 2010, and can be submitted via e-mail at mathematics@doe.virginia.gov.

Comment for the proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning may also be sent via mail or fax by December 20, 2010, to:

Michael Bolling
Mathematics Coordinator
Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction
Virginia Department of Education
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
FAX: (804) 786-1703

The Department of Education requests that the information in this memorandum be shared with members of your education community and your school board.

For additional information about the proposed Supplement to the Curriculum Framework for the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning, please contact Michael Bolling, mathematics coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Michael.Bolling@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

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