COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 159
August 27, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
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 
jheywood@pen.k12.va.us.


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Attachments:    A hard copy of this memo and its attachment 
                will be sent to the superintendent's office.