SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 156
October 10, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Goals 2000 Grant Process|
As announced by Governor Allen on September 30, 1997, Virginia has received state grants for 1996 and 1997 Goals 2000 funds. The primary goal of Virginia's grant application was to request funds to assist school divisions in implementating the Standards of Learning by providing classroom computers and related technology. This is to make you aware of the process to be used to distribute these funds. As indicated in Supt's Memo No. 82 (May 9, 1997), all divisions were asked to submit updated technology plans by August 1, 1997. Many divisions complied with this request, while others did not because of staffing limitations, timing considerations, required local board approval, or varying priorities. The memo also stated that it was anticipated that these plans would be used to provide information in support of future federal funding. To be eligible for Goals 2000 funding, all divisions are required to have either a technology plan or an updated plan on file with the Technology Division by November 3, 1997. Divisions that have previously submitted division technology plans may resubmit amended plans during this time period. Goals 2000 grants provided to Virginia school divisions, as determined by federal legislation, must be distributed through a competitive process that addresses the needs of disadvantaged students. Virginia's Goals 2000 distribution process includes the following provisions: * Funding will be allocated to divisions based on two factors: quality of the divisional technology plans (divisional/SOL implementation) and the number of students in poverty. * A two-tiered process will be used to assign divisions to one of four groups receiving different per pupil amounts. (The attached chart illustrates the complete process.) * Assignment to the four groups will be based on the relative quality of divisional technology plans determined through a nine-point competitive rating process. (The nine criteria components were outlined in the May 9th Supt's memo.) * Divisions receiving a 5-9 rating on the quality of their technology plans will qualify for grants under Tier I. * Divisions whose technology plans are rated from 7 to 9 will be assigned to the group receiving the highest per pupil amount. (Tier I, Group A) * Divisions whose technology plans are rated from 5 to 6 will be assigned to the group receiving the next highest per pupil amount. (Tier I, Group B) * Divisions receiving a 0-4 rating will be encouraged to submit an implementation plan for technology Standard of Learning to qualify under Tier II. These plans also will be rated using nine criteria and points. * Divisions whose SOL implementation plan is rated 5 to 9 will be assigned to the next highest per pupil amount. (Tier II, Group C) * Divisions whose SOL implementation plan is rated 4 will be assigned to the lowest per pupil amount. (Tier II, Group D) * Divisions whose SOL implementation plans are rated from 0 to 3 will not be eligible to receive funding under the Goals 2000 program. Division grant amounts will be determined by multiplying the division's per pupil amount (as determined by assigned group A, B, C or D.) by the number of students in poverty in the division. Calculation of per pupil amounts for each group will be dependent upon the competitive process that will determine the number of divisions in each group and factor in the number of students in poverty in each of those divisions. Plans are underway to develop and provide applications to divisions in the very near future. Grant monies will be made available to school divisions in sufficient time to allow purchase, delivery, and reimbursement to occur before the end of this academic year. Questions concerning the Goals 2000 grant process should be directed to Mr. Lan Neugent, Acting Assistant Superintendent for Technology, at (804) 786-2260. RTL/emt Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.