SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 37
February 16, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Status of V-QUEST Funding|
I am writing to inform you of the funding status of Virginia's statewide systemic initiative for mathematics and science, known as Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and Technology (V-QUEST). Since 1992, Virginia has received $2 million annually from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support quality mathematics and science education for all students. This initiative is aimed at aligning all elements of education with the state standards for mathematics and science. A central component of the program has been the training of lead teachers at the elementary and middle school levels. Funds have also been used to develop and implement models for inservicing secondary teachers, develop prototype classroom assessments aligned with the Standards of Learning, infuse technology into instruction, increase community and administrative support for mathematics and science, and restructure undergraduate mathematics and science courses. The plan submitted to NSF for school year 1995-1996 called for expanding the V-QUEST program by working statewide through the Superintendent's Regional Study Groups. The regional plan ensured that all school divisions would have an opportunity to participate in the V-QUEST program; over $175,000 was budgeted for each of the eight regions to use in support of implementing the Standards of Learning. To date, NSF has not approved funds to continue the V-QUEST program. We have been informed that additional V-QUEST funds are in jeopardy. I reassure you of Virginia's commitment to working with NSF to come to a mutually acceptable plan for proceeding with this program. I appreciate your active support as we work to address the critical needs of Virginia's students. If you have questions concerning the V-QUEST program, please call Michael Werner, Program Manager, at (804) 225-2929. WCBjr./mw