SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 10
January 14, 2000
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Superintendent's Leadership Advisory Council|
The Superintendent's Leadership Advisory Council meets regularly. It is composed of the chairmen of the eight regional study groups, plus the VASS officers. We will distribute the minutes of each meeting by means of a Superintendent's Memorandum. The minutes of the meeting of January 7, 2000 are attached. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Richard Layman at (804) 225-2024. Thank you. JLD/pg Attachment Meeting of the Superintendents' Leadership Advisory Council, Friday, January 7, 2000 Present - Superintendents' Group: Mark Edwards, Gwen Edwards (for Harry Ward), Edgar Hatrick, John Kidd, David Martin, Philip Worrell, Stephen Staples, Al Butler, and Andy Stamp, and Walter A. MacFarlane Department of Education: Dr. Jo Lynne DeMary, Kenneth Magill, Richard Layman, Patricia Wright, James Heywood, Jo Bunce, Anne Westcott, Charles Finley, Dan Timberlake, Thomas Elliott, Cameron Harris, Cynthia Cave, and Harry Smith Dr. DeMary, who was appointed acting state superintendent after Paul D. Stapleton resigned, welcomed the members of the superintendents' group and thanked several of them for appearing at the meeting of the Board of Education on Thursday, January 6, 2000. She expressed her commitment to Virginia's educational Reform program and promised to continue to use resources of the Department of Education to help school divisions throughout the Commonwealth. Dr. Butler said he was pleased with the discussion at the meeting of the Board of Education. He reported that several division superintendents have expressed concern about counting the scores of students who retake SOL tests a number of times towards a school's accreditation. Dr. Edwards stated that Henrico County has developed a position paper on the subject that he will share with superintendents and the Department of Education. Dr. Edwards said he also was encouraged by the board meeting. He mentioned two areas of special concern: the need to give teachers more time for instruction and the use of multiple criteria for graduation. He also noted that the SOL Test Advisory Committee has suggested the use of technology to administer the tests quickly and as late as possible in the school year. Dan Timberlake reported on Governor Gilmore's 2000-2002 budget proposals to the Virginia General Assembly. State Board Report Anne Westcott reported on action taken at the January 6 meeting of the Board of Education and distributed a report on highlights of the board meeting. Dr. DeMary said a similar report will be sent to superintendents after each meeting of the board. SOL Instructional Resources Materials Update Pat Wright reviewed SOL instructional and training materials that are available and are being developed for secondary schools in history and social science, math, science, and English as a second language. Dr. Heywood reported on SOL instructional and training materials for teachers of elementary and middle school grades. Dr. Hatrick asked if the materials could be sent electronically to key instructional personnel in school divisions if superintendents requested it and if they identify people to receive the material. Dr. Heywood called attention to a superintendent's memo stating that the department has a contract with James Madison University to develop strategies to help teachers with problems in math and to help students pass the eighth grade SOL math test. He also called attention to efforts to eliminate reading problems related to the Standards of Learning and to the Governor's initiative to expand the early reading program. He said the Department of Education will develop guidelines for components of an effective early reading program this spring. Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Administrators, and Superintendents Dr. Elliott distributed copies of the guidelines that were approved by the Board of Education on January 6. Dr. Butler reported that several superintendents' want VASS to develop a prototype for implementing the guidelines and he would like to work with the Department of Education on this, if funding is available. Standards of Accreditation Update Charles Finley reported that the period during which the Board of Education will receive comments regarding the proposed SOA revisions will end January 22, unless the date is changed by the board. He said not much written comment has been received. Mr. Finley distributed a summary of public comments on the SOA revisions. He said there is no indication at this time what action the board might take on the SOA proposals. He noted that the president of the Board of Education will meet with representatives of educational organizations to discuss their suggestions on the proposed revisions. Board action, he said, is anticipated in March. Superintendents will receive a statement showing the administrative impact and cost data of the revisions. Assessment Update Cam Harris reported on SOL pre-test administration workshops scheduled on February 11, 14, 15, 16, and 17. She said the workshops are limited to three people from each school division because of funds available. She also reported that the Department of Education is collecting enrollment data for school divisions and spring testing calendars are being prepared for distribution. She said the state report on the Stanford 9 test is anticipated to be available by the end of January.