COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 220
December 22, 2000

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Special Education Family Survey

The Virginia Department of Education has contracted with the VCU Commonwealth Institute on Child and Family Studies to conduct a survey that will examine the involvement of parents and students in basic components of the special education decision-making process.

This survey will provide baseline information to allow the department to approach one of the goals identified in Virginia's State Improvement Plan (SIP) for Special Education. This SIP strategic goal seeks to improve meaningful parent/student involvement with special education services. Survey results will be used to initiate continuous improvements proposed in this area throughout the state.

A sample of elementary, middle, and high schools has been randomly selected from each school division. A packet of surveys will be mailed to each school in the sample with directions for distributing the surveys to a certain number of students from the 15 disability categories used within the Child Find Database. This number was selected to reflect the general distribution of disability types across the state.

Please note that only group or aggregate results will be reported. No individual school or school division analyses will be necessary unless requested individually by a school division. The surveys will be mailed to selected schools for delivery after January 1, 2001.

If you have any questions or need additional information on this survey, please contact Judy Hudgins (mailto:jhudgins@pen.k12.va.us), specialist for special education at (804)371-7421.

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