Superintendent’s Memo #314-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 2, 2011

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Additional Standards of Learning Resources for English and Mathematics

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce resources in support of the 2010 English Standards of Learning (SOL) and the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning.

English Online Writing Web Page

The English Standards of Learning Online Writing Web page supports the 2010 English Standards of Learning and provides resources correlated to the writing standards.   Beginning with the spring 2013 test administration, all SOL writing tests will be administered online. Teachers need to provide opportunities for students at all grade levels to plan, compose, revise, edit, and publish writing using computers. The English Standards of Learning Online Writing Web page offers sample lesson plans aligned to the 2010 English Standards of Learning in writing. The page presents teaching strategies, video links, SOL progression charts, graphic organizers, and resource links to assist teachers at all grade levels in the instruction of the writing process.

The English Online Writing Web page is available at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/english/2010/online_writing/.

Mathematics Enhanced Scope and Sequence and Instructional Videos

The Mathematics Enhanced Scope and Sequence (ESS) Sample Lesson Plans for grades K-5 have been posted to help teachers align instruction with the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning by providing examples of how the knowledge and skills found in the SOL and curriculum framework can be presented to students in the classroom. The lesson plans are accessible using a keyword search, or by selecting specific SOL objectives organized by grade level and reporting category.

The Mathematics ESS Sample Lesson Plans for grades K-5 can be found on the VDOE Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/scope_sequence/mathematics_2009/index.php.

New instructional videos to support mathematics instruction aligned with the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning have been posted on the VDOE Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/mathematics/resources/videos/index.shtml.

For additional information, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, via e-mail Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-7585; or Michael Bolling, mathematics coordinator, via e-mail at Michael.Bolling@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.

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