P.O. BOX 2120

August 25, 2000

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Web-based Standards of Learning Technology Initiative Demonstration Projects

The Virginia Department of Education will accept letters of interest from Virginia public school divisions for participation in demonstration projects for the Web-based Standards of Learning (SOL) Technology Initiative. The purpose of the projects is to demonstrate the viability of delivering Web-based SOL tests at the high school level. It is anticipated that the demonstration projects will begin in early 2001. School divisions may submit letters nominating no more than one high school per division to the Department of Education by October 6, 2000, to be eligible for consideration.

Letters of interest must identify the high school nominated for participation and the name or names and qualifications of network management personnel responsible for maintaining the demonstration site network.

The Department will issue a Request for Proposal in early September inviting vendors to submit bids for the Web-based testing portion of the Technology Initiative, including demonstration projects. The RFP will be posted on the DOE website at:

Demonstration sites will be selected on the basis of enrollment, location, resources available to assist with the demonstration, and number of SOL tests administered. Demonstration site selection will be made by early November.

Demonstration sites will be required to conduct Web-based simulated tests with school students. The tests will be conducted early in 2001. It may also be necessary for vendor equipment installation and school system upgrades to occur after school hours and/or during the winter break at demonstration sites.

As necessary, the Department of Education may provide grants to selected schools for personnel, software, and equipment needed to implement the demonstration projects. Innovative technologies may be utilized at some demonstration schools. Participating school and school division network management personnel will be required to meet with Web-based SOL Technology Initiative teams and vendors on a regular basis, either in person or via teleconference.

Letters must be in narrative form and include all information requested above. Letters should be delivered to:

    Mr. Lan Neugent
    Assistant Superintendent for Technology
    Virginia Department of Education
    P. O. Box 2120
    Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120

To be eligible for consideration, letters of interest must be received by October 6, 2000.

For questions concerning the Web-based SOL Technology Initiative demonstration projects, contact Lan Neugent ( at (804) 225-2757.

For questions concerning the Web-based SOL Technology Initiative RFP, contact Cam Harris ( assistant superintendent for assessment and reporting, at (804) 225-2102.