SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 158
August 27, 1999
||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Compulsory School Attendance (GED) Testing Bill
Implementation Date of January 1, 2000
In the 1999 Session, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed the Compulsory School Attendance (GED) testing bill, which amended the compulsory attendance code 22.1-254.D (attached). This provision authorizes local school boards to waive compulsory attendance requirements for students who are age 16 and older if they meet certain conditions. The bill instructed the Board of Education to develop guidelines for local boards. An intra-agency workgroup has prepared guideline recommendations for the Board's consideration this fall. Upon approval by the Board, the guidelines will be forwarded to you. We anticipate an implementation date of January 1, 2000. In addition to allocations for local school divisions, the bill provides funds to expand GED testing services making them more accessible to all school divisions. Two new staff positions in the Adult Education Services unit of the Vocational and Adult Education Services Office will provide (1) curriculum and training support for your instructional staff and (2) technical assistance, training, and monitoring for the GED testing sites. We will keep you informed as we proceed with this new initiative. Please direct questions to Dr. Neils W. Brooks, 804/225-2847, E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Lennox McLendon, 804/225-2293, E-mail - email@example.com. PDS/LLM/lgh Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.