SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 100
May 31, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Request to the U. S. Department of Education for a Waiver of Certain Restrictions on Eisenhower Funds|
Currently Public Law 103-382, Section 2206 places restrictions upon the use of Eisenhower monies. They may be used to fund professional development activities only in the areas of mathematics and science. This restriction applies to the use of these funds by both state agencies as well as local school divisions. In order to apply our state resources in a manner consistent with our systemic reform, reflected in the 1996-2000 Consolidated Plan and to provide localities with increased flexibility in implementing the 1995 Standards of Learning in the areas of science, math, history, English, and technology, we are requesting a waiver of this restriction. Each locality should have the flexibility to apply Eisenhower funds to the area of their greatest need, as indicated by measured student performance. State-wide, for example, the Literacy Passport Test 6th grade pass rate for the last three years has been approximately 80% in reading, 81% in writing, and 86% in mathematics. A similar pattern of higher achievement in mathematics and science as opposed to social studies and reading/language arts is particularly evident by the trend in the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) results from 1993 to 1995. Virginia students have improved their national scores by +3 and +2 percentiles in mathematics and science. In reading/language and social studies, the change has been +1 and zero percentiles respectively. Finally, we have seen the percentage of students taking Algebra I prior to 9th grade grow from 18% in 1991 to 29% in 1995. SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 100 May 31, 1996 We believe these data make a compelling case to seek the necessary flexibility to equitably implement all of the 1995 Standards of Learning disciplines. The purpose of this memorandum is to notify you of our request for a waiver should you wish to express concerns to the Department of Education. If you have questions regarding this waiver request, please contact James Heywood, Director of Elementary and Middle School Instructional Services, at (804) 225-2865. WCBJr/atb