P. O. BOX 2120
February 28, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: SOL Field Test Pre-Administration Workshops

  In preparation for the Standards of Learning (SOL) field
  test slated for April 29-May 2, 1997, the Department of
  Education will conduct regional pre-administration workshops
  throughout the state.  The purpose of the workshops will be
  to review the administration procedures associated with the
  SOL field test.  Participants will then be able to return to
  their school divisions and conduct training for others in
  the proper administration of the SOL field test.

  In  scheduling these workshops, we have not been able to
  find any single set of times that will work for all school
  divisions.  Spring breaks vary across the state, making a
  single set of times impossible.  In an effort to address
  your scheduling differences, while providing the workshops
  in sufficient time for participants to return to their
  school divisions and conduct training, we have scheduled two
  sets of workshops.  Both sets provide an opportunity for
  regional workshops in the western, central, and eastern
  parts of the state.  

  The workshops schedule is as follows:

     March 24 - Roanoke--Holiday Inn Tanglewood
     March 25 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central
     March 26 - Culpeper--Holiday Inn
     April 2 -  Abingdon--Camberley's Martha Washington Inn
     April 3 -  Harrisonburg--Sheraton Inn
     April 4 -  Hampton--Holiday Inn Coliseum
     April 7 -  Richmond--Holiday Inn Central

  Division Superintendents
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  February 28, 1997

  All workshops will begin at 9:30 a.m. and are anticipated to
  close at 12:30 p.m.  We have assigned school divisions to
  these workshops as we have done in  the past (see Attachment
  A); however, we expect that many school divisions will want
  to change their sites to work around their spring break
  schedules.  We will accommodate these changes, even if we
  have to schedule a second workshop in a location on the same
  day.  If a second location is scheduled, it will run from
  1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

  To meet your need for flexibility and have sufficient
  materials at a particular location, or to schedule a second
  session, we need to know immediately those divisions wishing
  to attend a location other than the one to which they are
  assigned.  As with our previous workshops, we will be asking
  that the Division Director of Testing and two additional
  persons from each school division attend these workshops. 
  We will not be able to accommodate more additional persons
  from school divisions.

  Please return the attached form to Judy Singh in the
  Division of Assessment and Reporting indicating your
  preferences regarding these workshops no later than March
  12, 1997.  We must receive your form on this timeline to
  make adjustments in the schedule as requests may dictate. 
  The Division of Assessment and Reporting will work directly
  with your Division Director of Testing to solve any
  scheduling problems that arise. 

  We appreciate your attention to this matter and look forward
  to working with your staff to make this a convenient and
  meaningful workshop.  Your school division's participation
  in this activity is critical for the proper administration
  of the SOL field test.  


  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.

         SOL Field Test Pre-Administration Workshops
                        Response Form

  __________   The three persons from my division will
               attend the workshops as assigned in the
               superintendent's memo.  No change is

  __________   The three persons from my division cannot
               attend the workshop as assigned in the
               superintendent's memo.  Please change us to
               attending the workshop noted below:

          _____     March 24 - Roanoke--Holiday Inn
          _____     March 25 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central
          _____     March 26 -Culpeper--Holiday Inn
          _____     April 2 - Abingdon--Camberley's Martha
                      Washington Inn
          _____     April 3 - Harrisonburg--Sheraton Inn
          _____     April 4 - Hampton--Holiday Inn Coliseum
          _____     April 7 - Richmond--Holiday Inn Central

  Division Name:                                                  

  Division Director of Testing Name:                             

  Division Director of Testing Signature:                        


                        Please fax to:

                          Judy Singh
             Division of Assessment and Reporting
               Virginia Department of Education
                        P.O. Box 2120
                   Richmond, VA 23218-2120
                     Phone: 804/786-1390
                        Fax:  804/371-8978                        

                        SOL Workshops 

3/24/97   Roanoke                       Holiday Inn-Tanglewood
                                        4468 Starkey Road, SW
                                        Roanoke, VA 24014
Alleghany Highlands      Halifax       
Amherst                  Henry           
Bedford                  Lynchburg City
Bland                    Martinsville City
Botetourt                Montgomery
Campbell                 Patrick
Covington City           Pittsylvania
Craig                    Pulaski
Danville City            Radford City
Floyd                    Roanoke 
Franklin County          Roanoke City
Giles                    Salem City

3/25/97   Richmond                      Holiday Inn-Central
                                        3207 North Boulevard
                                        Richmond, VA 23230
Amelia                   Henrico         
Appomattox               Hopewell City   
Brunswick                King William
Buckingham               Lunenburg
Charlotte                Mecklenburg
Chesterfield             Nottoway
Colonial Heights City    Petersburg City
Cumberland               Powhatan
Dinwiddie                Prince Edward
Goochland                Prince George
Greensville              Richmond City

3/26/97   Culpeper                      Holiday Inn
                                        US Business 29
                                        P. O. Box 1206
                                        Culpeper, VA 22701

Alexandria City     King and Queen      
Arlington           Madison             
Caroline            Manassas City       
Colonial Beach      Manassas Park City
Culpeper            Northumberland
Essex               Orange
Fairfax             Prince William
Falls Church City   Richmond County
Fauquier            Spotsylvania
Fredericksburg City Stafford
King George         Westmoreland

4/2/97         Abingdon            Camberley's Martha Washington Inn
                                   150 West Main Street
                                   Abingdon, VA 24231
Bristol City   Russell             
Buchanan       Scott
Carroll        Smyth
Dickenson      Tazewell
Galax City     Washington
Grayson        Wise
Lee            Wythe
Norton City

4/3/97         Harrisonburg             Sheraton Inn
                                        1400 E. Market Street
                                        Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Albemarle                Loudoun       
Augusta                  Louisa         
Bath                     Nelson
Buena Vista City         Page
Charlottesville City     Rappahannock
Clarke                   Rockbridge
Fluvanna                 Rockingham
Frederick                Shenandoah
Greene                   Staunton City
Harrisonburg City        Warren
Highland                 Waynesboro City
Lexington City           Winchester City
Virginia School for 

4/4/97         Hampton                  Holiday Inn
                                        1815 W. Mercury Blvd.
                                        Hampton, VA 23666
Accomack                 Norfolk City  
Charles City County      Northampton   
Chesapeake City          Poquoson City
Franklin City            Portsmouth City
Gloucester               Southampton
Hampton City             Suffolk City
Isle of Wight            Surry
Lancaster                Sussex
Mathews                  Virginia Beach City
Middlesex                West Point
New Kent                 Williamsburg City
Newport News City        York
Virginia School for

4/7/97         Richmond                 Holiday Inn-Central
                                        3207 North Boulevard
                                        Richmond, VA 23230
Make-up session for those uable to     
attend any other session; scheduled 
by request only.