Superintendent's Memo #162-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 10, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Training on Accommodations for Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students

As part of the Virginia Department of Education's ongoing effort to ensure that appropriate accommodations are provided to Limited English Proficient (LEP) students taking the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, training on the provision of accommodations to LEP students will be offered in four locations.

Participants in the accommodations training will gain a thorough understanding of 1) LEP student characteristics, 2) types of testing accommodations available to LEP students, 3) assignment of testing accommodations to LEP students, and 4) implementation of testing accommodations for LEP students on the SOL assessments.

The training will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at each location as follows:

September 19, 2011 – Region II
Newport News Public Schools Administration Building
Auditorium
12465 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, Virginia 23606
(757) 591-4500

September 20, 2011 – Region I
Richmond Technical Center
Room 201
2020 Westwood Avenue
Richmond, Virginia 23230
(804) 780-6237 ‎

September 22, 2011 – Region VI
William Ruffner Professional Development Center
3601 Ferncliff Avenue
Roanoke, Virginia 24017
(540) 853-2382

September 23, 2011 – Region V
Skyline Middle School
470 Linda Lane
 Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802
 (540) 434-6862

School divisions are strongly encouraged to register a team of at least three participants, which may include kindergarten through grade 12 ESL teachers, middle and secondary core content teachers, elementary classroom teachers, reading specialists, resource teachers, or administrators. Participation at each training site is limited to 50 participants. Training materials, breakfast, and lunch will be provided for all participants. The costs of travel will be the responsibility of the participants. The online registration survey will be available until July 15, 2011, at

http://www.logicdepot.com/surveys/run/start.cfm?skey=N0NXC-S9BGC.

If you have questions, please contact the assessment staff by e-mail at student_assessment@doe.virginia.gov  or by phone at: (804) 225-2102.

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