P. O. BOX 2120
December 18, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Algebra Forum

  The Department of Education will conduct an Algebra Forum
  in Roanoke on January 21, 1999, and in Richmond on
  January 22, 1999.  The Algebra Forum will be held at the
  Hotel Roanoke Conference Center on January 21 and at the
  Holiday Inn Koger Center in Richmond on January 22. The
  purpose of the Algebra Forum is to provide high school
  teachers and school administrators with information and
  strategies for improving student achievement on the
  algebra SOL assessments.

  We invite the mathematics contact person in each school
  division and a two-member team from each public high
  school in Virginia to attend the Algebra Forum closest to
  the division. We suggest that the high school team
  include one teacher of Algebra I or Algebra II and the
  principal or other school administrator. Information on
  the Algebra Forum and registration materials will be sent
  under separate cover to all high school principals and
  the mathematics contact person in each division.

  Marilyn Rindfuss, national mathematics consultant for
  Harcourt Brace will be the featured presenter at each
  forum. Ms. Rindfuss facilitated the SOL Assessment
  Content Review Committees for Algebra I and Algebra II.
  She also works with school divisions across the country
  in using assessment to improve mathematics instruction
  and achievement.

  The Algebra Forum is provided through an appropriation
  from the General Assembly and is in accordance with the
  Department of Education's responsibility to develop and
  pilot model training activities for teachers, principals,
  and superintendents that relate to the Standards of
  Learning content and assessments, and to technology
  applications. If you have questions about the Algebra
  Forum, please contact Mrs. Maureen Hijar, Mathematics
  Specialist, (804) 786-6418 or e-mail