Superintendent's Memo #140-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

May 20, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Public Comment Period for K-12 Mathematics Textbooks

On May 19, 2011, the Virginia Board of Education accepted for first review the list of proposed recommended textbooks for K-12 mathematics. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has provided these lists on its Web site at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/2011/05_may/agenda_items/item_j.pdf.

The Virginia Board of Education is now seeking public comment on these textbooks and intends to review and approve mathematics textbooks for use in the public schools in the Commonwealth. Lists of approved textbooks will be made available on the Department’s Web site following the Board of Education’s action on the recommended textbooks. It is anticipated that the Board of Education will act on the recommended textbooks on July 28, 2011.

Review copies of all textbooks submitted for the current adoption cycle are available for public examination at various sites around the Commonwealth between May 20, 2011, and June 20, 2011.

The local examination sites include:
The College of William and Mary
George Mason University
James Madison University
Radford University
The University of Virginia’s College at Wise
Longwood University
Old Dominion University
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College

A list of specific contacts and locations for each of the review sites may be found at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/textbooks/review_process/locations.shtml.

Individuals are invited to examine the proposed recommended textbooks for K-12 mathematics at the examination sites and to submit written comments. Comments may be faxed to the VDOE at (804) 786-1703 or sent via mail to Michael Bolling, mathematics coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120. Comments may also be e-mailed to MathTextBooks@doe.virginia.gov. The Department of Education will begin to take public comments on May 20, 2011. Comments will be received through June 20, 2011.

Questions regarding the review process should be directed to Dr. Beverly Thurston, coordinator for textbook adoption, by e-mail at Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2893.

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