Algebra Readiness Initiative
Since 2002, the Algebra Readiness Initiative (ARI) has provided mathematics intervention resources and services to students in grades 6, 7, 8, and 9 who are at risk of failing the Algebra I end-of-course assessment, as demonstrated by their individual performance on diagnostic tests that have been developed by or approved by the Department of Education. The ARI consists of two major components: 1) a diagnostic assessment designed to guide instructional decisions for students that may need intervention services and 2) targeted intervention services for students.
Algebra Readiness Online Resources
The following links provide information concerning the Algebra Readiness Initiative and participation in the online testing.
- Algebra Readiness Diagnostic Test (ARDT)
This Webpage provides information on the ARDT, recorded training webinars, and score interpretation information.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the ARI, Intervention Programs, and ARDT
Answers many questions that have been raised by users in Virginia school divisions concerning the Algebra Readiness Initiative and the ARDT.
- Algebra Readiness Intervention Program Checklist (Word)
A successful intervention program is comprehensive, intensive, assesses frequently, and addresses the individual needs of the students. The points on this resource checklist are research-based guidelines that translate the components of a successful program for at-risk students into guidance for setting up an algebra readiness intervention program.
- ARI Curriculum Companion – Updated to 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL)
Sample lessons that teachers and ARI teachers and tutors may use in providing intervention or remediation with their students. This update realigns lessons previously aligned to the 2001 SOL to the current 2009 Mathematics SOL and provides additional lessons. These lessons are listed by topic and SOL so that they easily correlate to the ARDT individual student strength and weakness report.
Michael Bolling, Director, Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools
Christa Southall, Mathematics Specialist