COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 12
January 16, 1998

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Licensure Regulations for School Personnel and Technology Standards for Instructional Personnel

 
  During the January 8, 1998, meeting of the Board of Education,
  approval was granted to the Licensure Regulations for School
  Personnel developed by the Advisory Board on Teacher Education
  and Licensure (ABTEL) in  all proposed areas except special
  education: mild-moderate disabilities and special education:
  moderate-severe disabilities.  The attached current
  regulations in the endorsement areas of special education:
  emotionally disturbed NK-12, special education: learning
  disabilities NK-12, special education: mental retardation NK-12,
  and special education: severe disabilities NK-12 will
  remain in effect until the Board of Education approves
  licensure revisions in these areas.

  With Board of Education approval of the proposed regulations
  on January 8, 1998, the proposal will complete the
  Administrative Process Act (APA)  around March 4, 1998. 
  However, the implementation date for the newly adopted
  regulations will be July 1, 1998, for local school divisions
  and the fall of 2000 for colleges and universities with
  approved teacher preparation programs.

  The Board also granted approval to the Technology Standards
  for Instructional Personnel during the January 8 meeting.  The
  technology standards will complete the Administrative Process
  Act around March 4, 1998.  After that time, a regulatory
  memorandum will be distributed with additional information
  regarding the implementation of these new regulations.  

  If you have questions regarding the newly approved school
  personnel regulations, please do not hesitate to call Thomas
  A. Elliott, Assistant Superintendent for Compliance, or Patty
  Pitts, Associate Director for Licensure, at 804-371-2522.

  RTL:psp

  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintenddent's office.