Archive for March, 2012


If you have not read this in its entirety, please go to VDOE website and do so:

March 28, 2012

FROM: Shelley Loving-Ryder, Assistant Superintendent
Division of Student Assessment and School Improvement

SUBJECT: Clarification on Recent Staff Development Sessions
The majority of the information included in this testing memo was provided to school division superintendents by email on March 27, 2012. Additional detail, in italics, is provided for DDOTs in the following document.
A number of school divisions have contacted the student assessment staff at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) with questions about information provided at recent workshops offered across Virginia by persons not associated with the VDOE. Questions have centered around information provided in the workshops about the number of items measuring new content on the Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II tests administered for the first time in fall 2011 and on certain test taking strategies recommended in these workshops.

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2011 Affiliate Award


VA ASCD was recently awarded a 2011 Affiliate Award in the area of Influence at the annual ASCD Conference in Philadelphia.

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Common Core Monitoring

If anyone is keeping up with the Common Core movement here are some additional resources that may be helpful.

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Upcoming ASCD Webinars

What Makes the Adolescent and Teen Brain So Different?, April 5, 2012, 3:00 p.m. ET

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Shifts and Instructional Implications, April 17, 2012, 3:00 p.m. ET

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy: Shifts and Instructional Implications, May 2, 2012, 3:00 p.m. ET

Meeting Standards by Design: Embedding Standards in the UbD™ Framework for Curriculum, Assessment, and Learning, May 23, 2012, 3:00 p.m. ET

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