|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Instructional Models/Programs to Satisfy Provisions in Standards of Accreditation (SOA)|
The Board of Education adopted an initial list of instructional models/programs at its January 11, 2001, meeting to satisfy certain provisions in Regulations Establishing Accrediting Standards for Public Schools in Virginia (SOA) effective September 28, 2000. The board-approved, recommended list can be found in Attachment A.
The revised SOA require schools accredited with warning in English or mathematics to adopt and implement instructional methods that have a proven track record of success at raising student achievement.
The revised SOA require each school rated accredited with warning to develop a three-year school improvement plan that is based on the results of an academic review and to submit an annual report documenting the progress of implementing the plan. Processes for selecting instructional models/programs and timelines for their implementation are to be reflected in the school improvement plan, and adjustments to implementation are to be addressed in the annual report.
The revised SOA also require that the superintendent and principal certify that an instructional model/program has been adopted and implemented. Beginning with spring 2001, this certification will become part of the pre-accreditation certification data collection process.
Possible funding sources for selected models include the Standards of Learning Training Initiative, Instructional Materials Incentive Funds, Remediation, Governorís Academic Challenge Grants, At-Risk Four-Year-Old Initiative, and Early Reading Initiative. In addition, several federally funded sources are available for use by schools accredited with warning: Reading Excellence Act Grant, Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Grant, and the Basic Title 1 Grant. If schools decide to use their Basic Title 1 Grant for this purpose, they may need to redirect the use of some of their funds.
For more information about instructional
models, please contact Maureen B. Hijar (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org),
director, Office of Middle Instructional Services, at 804-225-3616. For
more information on the process for certifying adoption and implementation
of instructional models/programs, please contact Dr. Cheri C. Magill (mailto:email@example.com),
director, Office of Accreditation, at 804-225-2708.