SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 094
November 19, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Supple. Guidance - Title IV: Safe & Drug|
In early June, the Virginia Department of Education provided additional guidance about the implementation of the SDFSCA Principles of Effectiveness (reference: ADMINISTRATIVE SUPTS. MEMO NO. 40, June 4, 1999). Briefly, the purpose of the earlier memo was to respond to questions received about the selection of research-based programs in implementing the Principles of Effectiveness. The purpose of this memo is to address other concerns that have been raised related to the use of supplementary materials that support drug and violence prevention programs, with consideration of the Principles of Effectiveness. This additional guidance is being provided to answer some of the questions raised about the purchase of supplemental materials with SDFSCA funds. A copy of the "Supplemental Nonregulatory Guidance #2" received from the U.S. Department of Education is enclosed. Should you have questions, please call Arlene Cundiff in the Office of Compensatory Programs at (804) 225-2871. PDS/ADC/saj Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. cc: SDFSCA School Division Coordinators Supplemental Nonregulatory Guidance #2 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) Principles of Effectiveness Q. If in the past, an LEA has purchased videos, film strips, and other supplementary materials with Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) funds, will the LEA be able to continue to use SDFSCA funds to purchase these materials now that the SDFSCA Principles of Effectiveness have been implemented? A. In making a decision about purchasing videos, film strips, and other supplementary materials, LEA staff should consider the entire SDFSCA Principles of Effectiveness framework. Staff should begin by examining its needs assessment and measurable goals for prevention and determining how (or if) the proposed use of these materials relates to the LEA's identified needs and goals. If the materials appear to meet an established need and address issues content and quality of the materials. In considering whether such materials are appropriate, LEA staff may ask some of the following questions: Do the proposed materials directly support other prevention activities being implemented? Is the information contained in the material scientifically accurate and up to date? Do the materials reflect current scientific knowledge (as generated by research and evaluation) in drug and violence prevention? Do the approaches and strategies included in the materials (e.g. social skills development) re-enforce those included in the curriculum or other aspects of the drug and violence prevention program? Finally, LEA staff should always consider the need to purchase any supplementary materials as part of the LEA's assessment of progress toward meeting the stated goals. Q. Must developers of supplementary materials show evidence that their materials have been evaluated in order for an LEA to use SDFSCA funds for the purchase of such materials? A. No. However, consistent with the SDFSCA Principles of Effectiveness, LEA staff should examine the use of any supplementary materials as part of the LEA's comprehensive strategy for evaluating program effectiveness and progress toward meeting intended program goals and objectives. In doing so, LEA staff should use the evaluation results to make appropriate decisions about the use of, and need for, supplementary materials in support of the LEA's overall prevention programming.