SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 7
January 9, 1998
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||School Performance Report Card|
On January 8, 1998 the State Board of Education approved a sample version of the annual School Performance Report Card, as referenced in Part VII of the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8VAC 20-131-270). Attached are the samples for the Elementary, Middle, and High School Report Cards for you to share with your principals and staff. The Board made it clear that they wanted this report to be a source of information for parents. The information provided is intended to capture those items closely associated with children's achievement and performance. A request for funds to produce and distribute copies of the School Performance Report Card has been submitted by the Department through the budget process. Details addressing format, data, production, distribution, and time lines are yet to be determined. An expanded version of the Report Card will be developed to present additional information required by the Standards of Accreditation and to consider information recommended by various constituency groups. Again, the specific data to be included and the production and distribution have yet to be decided. Several items on the sample Report Card are being noted by "place markers." These items, such as the Virginia Early Reading Initiative, are being developed. Within the Elementary and Middle School Cards, under "A Closer Look at Testing and Results," you will see numbers listed under "Subject Areas." These numbers represent reporting categories from the Standards of Learning Tests Blueprints. The explanation of the scores in these charts will be provided. The sample School Performance Report Cards were made available at the Board of Education's meeting on January 8. If you have any questions, or comments, please talk with me or Tom Shortt. We will keep you informed as the items for this Card and the expanded version are completed. RTL/cc Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.