Superintendent’s Memo #317-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

December 9, 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 and the role of the LEP committee, 2) testing accommodations available to LEP students for SOL assessments, 3) assignment of testing accommodations to LEP students for SOL assessments, and 4) implementation of testing accommodations for LEP students for SOL assessments.

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

February 13, 2012
Johnson Learning Center
9051 Tudor Lane
Manassas, VA  20110
(571) 377-7250

February 14, 2012
Hugh Mercer Elementary School
2100 Cowan Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
(540) 372-1115

February 23, 2012
The Albemarle County Office Building
Room 241
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA  22902
(434) 296-5820

February 24, 2012
Martinsville City Schools
Administrative Offices and Community Learning Center
746 Indian Trail
Martinsville, VA 24112
(276) 403-5820

School divisions are encouraged to register a team of at least three participants, which may include kindergarten through grade 12 English as a Second Language teachers, elementary classroom teachers, middle and secondary core content teachers, reading specialists, resource teachers, or administrators. Participation at each training site is limited to 50 participants. Training materials, breakfast, and working 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 February 3, 2012, at http://www.logicdepot.com/surveys/run/start.cfm?skey=B0T9J-WV5KQ

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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