Superintendent’s Memo #028-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

January 27, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Posted Online Writing Webinar

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the posting of a technical assistance webinar and accompanying PowerPoint presentation highlighting the resources for the English Standards of Learning (SOL) online writing test.  The purpose of this recorded session is to provide assistance to school divisions as they prepare students for the new online SOL writing assessments to be administered for the first time in spring 2013.

This webinar session focuses on the English SOL online writing assessments, teaching strategies, lesson plans, SOL progression charts, and resource links to assist teachers at all grade levels in the instruction of the writing process. Specific guidance on the additional functionality to the Online Writing Practice Tool is provided.

Both the recorded webinar and PowerPoint can be located on the Online Writing Resource page, available at:

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Online Writing Test Webinar Series (conducted on January 17 and 19, 2012).

For additional information about these sessions, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.