SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 23
May 15, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Application for SOL Training Initiative Funds, 1998-2000|
The Department of Education is pleased to provide you with the enclosed application packet for requesting Standards of Learning Training Initiative funds. To support teachers, principals, superintendents, and other administrators in implementing the Standards of Learning (SOL) and the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA), Governor Allen's proposed teacher training initiative was adopted by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Gilmore. The goal of this $25.1 million initiative is to ensure student success on the SOL tests. The funding for this program is 100 percent state funds: $8,321,730 (FY98-99) and $16,862,010 (FY99-00). Each school division is eligible to receive $7.50 per pupil in average daily membership, adjusted for half-day kindergarten programs, the first year and $15 per pupil in average daily membership, adjusted for half-day kindergarten programs, the second year. We have enclosed a print out of each school division's allocation by fiscal year. This funding shall supplement, not supplant, training programs currently provided with SOQ staff development funds. School divisions wishing to receive SOL Training Initiative funds must submit an application for peer review to the Department of Education that addresses the required components of the initiative. To provide school divisions with additional planning time, the Department of Education is providing the enclosed application packet. The enclosed application packet includes information on the Virginia Standards of Learning Training Initiative in a question and answer format (We encourage users of the application packet to read the question and answer document carefully before proceeding to complete the application forms.), Core Competencies for Teachers and Core Content Expectations for the SOL Training Initiative, and application instructions and forms. School divisions requesting funds for 1998-1999 must submit a completed application to the Department of Education no later than July 31, 1998. School divisions will receive notification of approval of program funding from the Department of Education by September 15, 1998. Any unexpended first-year funds may be carried forward and added to the respective school division's approved second-year allocation. School divisions preferring to conduct all of the Standards of Learning Training Initiative in the second year (1999-2000) must inform the Department of Education of their decision no later than July 31, 1998. Divisions may request that their first-year allocation be carried forward and added to their second-year allocation. School divisions electing to receive all funding in the second year must submit an application to the Department of Education no later than April 1, 1999. Notification of funding will be sent to those school divisions no later than May 15, 1999. School divisions who wish to collaborate and submit joint applications are encouraged to do so. Joint applications must include a completed cover page and signed statement of assurances from each participating division. Collaborating school divisions may designate one division as the fiscal agent or each division may receive its own allocation. To further assist school divisions, the Department of Education is developing a Technical Assistance Resource Document, which will be mailed to all school divisions by June 19, 1998. A technical assistance teleconference is also being planned for June (date and time TBA). If you have questions about the SOL Training Initiative, please contact Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Director of Secondary Instruction, (804) 225-2880, or e-mail
. PDS/piw Enclosures: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosures will be sent to the superintendent's office.