SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 151
August 6, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||School Improvement Planning|
The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, in 8 VAC 20-131-300 (D)(3)(a) require that schools that are rated Accredited with Warning develop a school improvement (corrective action) plan designed to assist the improvement of SOL test achievement. The standard states: Schools that are Accredited with Warning shall develop a corrective action plan as described in 8 VAC 20-131-310 designed to improve student achievement on the SOL tests for the grade levels identified in 8 VAC 20-131-280 over two years. The accreditation standards require that the superintendent and school board approve improvement plans. During the implementation years of 1998-2002, schools do not have to submit a school improvement plan to the Board of Education. If a school continues to be Accredited with Warning in the 2002-03 school year, local school boards must submit improvement plans to the Board of Education beginning in 2002. The Department of Education, with the assistance of elementary, middle school, and secondary school principals from across Virginia, has developed a format for school improvement plans. A copy of the format and samples for its use are attached. At this time the use of this form is not required for developing school improvement plans. However, the standards require that the Board of Education approve the manner in which the plans are submitted for schools Accredited with Warning beginning with the 2002-03 school year. When appropriate, the Department will recommend a format to the Board for approval. Therefore, if schools in your division undertake improvement planning and use this form, we would like your comments, suggestions, or recommendations related to the use of this form. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Accreditation at 804-786-9421. PDS:tls
Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.