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. (No longer available after September 30, 2017; Student data available through December 29, 2017)
- 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 – Aligned 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. These lessons are listed by topic and SOL so that they easily correlate to the ARDT individual student strength and weakness report.
- Virginia Algebra Readiness Initiative 2017-2018 School Year Annual Report-This is a Word document. (Word)
Every school division will submit a 2017-2018 Algebra Readiness Intervention (ARI) report to the Virginia Department of Education by August 1, 2018. This report will outline the diagnostic test administered, the remediation efforts used, the number of students who received ARI services, and the number of students demonstrating improvement.
Note: This is a change from previous school years in that all divisions, regardless of the diagnostic testing tool utilized, will be asked to submit a written report to the Virginia Department of Education.
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