P.O. BOX 2120



September 23, 2005



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Regional Training for NCS Mentor, Web-Based Assistance in the Teaching of Writing


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the statewide availability of the Web-based version of National Computer Systems (NCS) Mentor for Virginia, a training tool designed to help Virginias teachers prepare students for the English Standards of Learning Direct Writing Assessment. Eight regional training sessions will be held from October 3 through November 1, 2005, to acquaint teachers and instructional leaders with this valuable tool.


Participants will be trained to score papers in verification sets and view scoring based on Virginias three-domain scoring model. Teachers will gain better understanding of the Virginia Standards of Learning Direct Writing Assessments for grade 5, grade 8, and end-of-course; understand the use of rubrics in scoring student writing; and develop consistency in scoring actual student work. This program will provide an opportunity to study anchor papers that illustrate each score point of each domain and promote understanding of the differences between score points.


The site and dates are listed below. Space is limited to 30 participants at each site. Please fax your registration form before September 28, 2005, Tracy Robertson at (804) 786-5466.


October 3, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Thomas Fulghum Center

4003 Cogbill Road

Richmond, VA 23234


October 6, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Landstown High School

2001 Concert Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23456


October 11, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Augusta County Government Center

4801 Lee Highway

Verona, VA 24482


October 17, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Roanoke County School Board Office

5937 Cove Road, NW

Roanoke, VA 24019


October 18, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Washington County School Board Office

812 Thompson Drive

Abingdon, VA 24210


October 25, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Prince Edward Middle School

35 Eagle Drive

Farmville, VA 23901


October 27, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Caroline County High School

19155 Rogers Clark Boulevard

Milford, VA 22514


November 1, 2005

3 5 p.m.


Liberty High School

6300 Independence Avenue

Bealeton, VA 22712


If you have questions, please contact Tracy Robertson (, specialist for English, at (804) 371-7585 or Catherine Rosenbaum (, specialist for reading and language arts, at (804) 225-2665, Office of Middle and High School Instruction.