SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 177
November 20, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Evaluation Plan for SOL Training Initiative|
The Department of Education has contracted with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to design and conduct the evaluation of the SOL Training Initiative. Dr. James McMillan is the Principal Investigator for the evaluation, and Dr. Judy Singh is the Project Director. A copy of the SOL Training Initiative Evaluation Plan is enclosed. Your SOL Training Initiative Contact Person has designated an evaluation contact person for your division. VCU staff will communicate evaluation-related information directly to that person. Please remind your training initiative contact persons about the importance of complying with requests from the evaluators. The SOL Training Initiative legislation (Appropriation Act for 1998-2000, Item 138 C.6) states: ...to receive training funds from this appropriation, school divisions must agree to participate in monitoring and evaluation activities to be coordinated by the Department of Education. Evaluation data must include documentation of the training process, teacher participation rates, and changes in teacher competencies as determined by the Department of Education. School divisions shall also collect and analyze formative evaluation data during the program, and may use the data to modify their training plans, with such modifications approved by the Department of Education in advance. If you have questions about the evaluation, please contact Dr. Judy Singh at (804) 828-0469. If you have questions about other aspects of the SOL Training Initiative, please call Dr. Patricia I. Wright, Director of Secondary Instruction, at (804) 225-2880. PDS/piw Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- will be sent to the superintendent's office.