SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 128
June 18, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Action of the Board of Education Relative to K-3 Reading and Mathematics Achievement Record|
Regulation 8 VAC 20-131-80 of the Standards of Accreditation requires that "Schools shall maintain, in a manner prescribed by the Board, an early skills and knowledge achievement record in reading and math for each student in grades K-3 to monitor student progress and to promote student achievement in the third grade SOL tests. This record shall be included with a student's records if the student transfers to a new school." At its meeting on May 27, 1999, the Board of Education set the following minimum requirements for the K-3 reading and math achievement records. 1.For each student in grades K-3, schools shall maintain, at a minimum, a record of achievement for each of the K-3 English and Mathematics Standards of Learning. 2.School divisions may determine the levels of performance used to measure students' achievement of the K-3 English and Mathematics Standards of Learning. The levels of performance must be defined numerically and clearly indicated on the achievement record. 3.A record of intervention or remediation strategies and services must be a part of the achievement record. These requirements address the critical issues of the regulation and provide local school divisions with flexibility in terms of the record's format and the choice of additional achievement indicators to supplement the required minimum indicators. Attached are two sample reading and two sample math achievement records, which may be used as models as school divisions develop their own achievement records. Committees composed of personnel from sixteen local school divisions and the Department of Education reading and mathematics specialists developed these sample achievement records. Electronic (e-mail with attached files) or a disk copy of the samples are available upon request to the program specialists listed below. Questions relating to the reading achievement record should be directed to Linda Poorbaugh, reading and language arts specialist, at 804-786-3925, or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions relating to the math achievement record should be directed to Dr. Carol Rezba, mathematics specialist, at 804/225-2676, or by e-mail to email@example.com. PDS/vdg Attachments: A hard copy of this memeo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office.