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

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 56
April 20, 2001

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Additional 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 8 VAC 20-131-310 B-E requirements affecting schools that are accredited with warning. This information was communicated in Supts. Memo No. 16, Informational, dated February 2, 2001. At the March 22, 2001, Board of Education meeting, two additional instructional models/programs were approved and were added to the list. The additional models/programs are Academy of Reading and "Plaid" Phonics. The board-approved, updated recommended list can be found in Attachment A.

The Department of Education has also prepared an updated Technical Assistance Resource Document (see Attachment B) that provides background information on recommended models, board-approved selection criteria, and disclaimers. In addition, the document includes a list of instructional methods that research studies have shown have a high probability for enhancing student achievement. The information included in the resource document is intended to assist schools that are accredited with warning in selecting and implementing an appropriate instructional model/program.

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.

For more information about instructional models, please contact Maureen B. Hijar (mailto:mhijar@mail.vak12ed.edu), 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:cmagill@mail.vak12ed.edu), director, Office of Accreditation, at 804-225-2708.
 
 

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Attachments

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf056a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf056b.pdf