SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 159
August 27, 1999
||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
||Draft Regulations for Standards of Learning Assessment
Remediation and Remedial Summer School
In compliance with 22.1-199.2 A of the Code of Virginia, the Board of Education is in the process of promulgating emergency regulations to implement the provisions of this act for remedial summer school and Standards of Learning assessment remediation. The draft regulations, as adopted by the Board at the July 22nd meeting, have been forwarded to the Governor's Office in preparation for issuing emergency regulations. The draft regulations are listed on Attachment A for your information. The purpose of this memorandum is to alert school divisions regarding the need to record certain data from the beginning of the school year for students in the Standards of Learning assessment remediation programs that operate during the school year. The remaining data will be recorded during the summer remediation programs. School divisions will not actually report the data until July 2000. These data are required by the 1999 General Assembly. To assist school divisions in identifying and collecting the data required by the General Assembly, a listing of the data that will need to be tracked for the Standards of Learning assessment remediation programs operated during the year has been provided on Attachment B. The actual reporting form will be electronic and will be finalized and distributed to school divisions before June 2000. The primary purpose of the regulations is "to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of such programs in increasing the scholastic achievement of students with academic deficiencies by requiring school divisions to evaluate remediation programs, annually...." The reported data, as required by 22.1-199.2 B, will be compiled and analyzed to accomplish a statewide review and evaluation of remediation programs. The Board shall report its analysis, a statewide assessment of remediation programs and any recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly, annually beginning December 1, 2000. For additional information, please contact Dr. James Heywood, director, Office of Elementary and Middle School Instructional Services at (804) 225-2865 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS/JSH/pl Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office.