Superintendent’s Memo #231-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

August 31, 2012

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:

October 1, 2012—Region IV
Frederick County Public Schools
Lord Fairfax Community College
173 Skirmisher Lane
Middletown, VA  22645
(540) 868-7284

October 3, 2012—Region I
Chesterfield County Public Schools
Instructional Division Center
600 Southlake Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23236
(804) 594-1753

October 29, 2012—Region V
Staunton City Public Schools
Dixon Educational Center
1751 Shutterlee Mill Road
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 332-3934

November 5, 2012—Region VI
Danville City Public Schools
School Board Office
341 Main Street
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 799-6400

School divisions are encouraged to register a team of at least three participants, which may include English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, general education teachers, and building administrators.  Additionally, Title III coordinators and Division Directors of Testing may also register to attend.   Participation at each training site is limited to 45 participants. Training materials, breakfast, and a 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 September 21, 2012, at http://www.logicdepot.com/surveys/run/start.cfm?skey=1G5KF-KH1D7.

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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