COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
February 4, 2011
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
In February 2009, the Virginia Board of Education adopted revised Mathematics Standards of Learning, followed by adoption of the Mathematics Curriculum Framework on October 22, 2009. As part of the development of the standards, the work of the committee members was informed by reports from Achieve, The College Board, ACT, and other national and international reports. Furthermore, as a member of Achieve's American Diploma Project (ADP) Network, Virginia participated in a rigorous external review process of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning, with both ACT and The College Board analyzing Virginia's mathematics standards against their own college- and career-ready benchmarks or standards. Both analyses showed strong alignment between the Virginia Standards of Learning and their respective standards for postsecondary readiness.
To ensure alignment of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, 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. These additions were included in the supplement to the 2009 Mathematics Curriculum Framework that was adopted by the Virginia Board of Education on January 13, 2011. The supplement can be found at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2011/01_jan/agenda_items/item_m.pdf.
Also on January 13, 2011, the Virginia Board of Education accepted the final Report on the Analysis of Virginia's 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning Compared to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. This report can be found at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/mathematics/sol_ccss_comparison_mathematics.pdf.
The additional content and changes found in the supplement to the 2009 Mathematics Curriculum Framework will be incorporated into the Mathematics Curriculum Framework and will be field tested no earlier than the spring 2013 SOL test administration.
For further information, 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; or Dr. Deborah Wickham, elementary mathematics specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Deborah.Wickham@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-7986; or Dedra Wright, mathematics specialist, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Dedra.Wright@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-2481.