COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 52

April 5, 2002

 

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. The board continues to review models/programs for inclusion on this list. At the March 27, 2002, Board of Education meeting, the following three additional models/programs were approved and added to the list: Earobics, Sadlier Phonics/Word Study Program, and Sing, Spell, Read & Write.

 

The Department of Education has prepared an updated Technical Assistance Resource Document (see Attachment A) that contains the board-approved recommended list and background information on recommended models, board-approved selection criteria, and disclaimers. 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 (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 (cmagill@mail.vak12ed.edu), director, Office of Accreditation, at (804) 225-2708.

 

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