COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 109

August 9, 2002

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Criteria for Approval of Supplemental Educational Service Providers

 

The Board of Education at its meeting on July 25 adopted criteria for the approval of supplemental educational services for use by school divisions with Title I schools identified for improvement under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. A copy of the criteria is attached and this information is posted on the Department of Educations Web site. The criteria may be found by selecting the Virginias Implementation of the No Child Left Behind Act link on the departments home page and then selecting the link to Board of Education action.

 

The No Child Left Behind Act stipulates that divisions with a school that fails to meet AYP for three consecutive years must provide supplemental education services from public or private sector providers. Supplemental education services are defined as tutoring or other supplemental academic enrichment services that are in addition to instruction provided during the school day. Priority must be given to low-achieving students from low-income families, and Title I funds may be used to support the costs of these services. A provider of supplemental services may be a nonprofit entity, a for-profit entity, or a local educational agency (school division). Title I schools that are in their first year of school improvement could possibly have to provide these services as early as the 2003-2004 school year.

 

Under the federal law, the state educational agency (the Virginia Board of Education) must develop and apply objective criteria to identify potential providers of supplemental education services. The Board of Education is required to maintain a list of approved providers across the state, by school division, for use by parents for selection of services.

 

Staff of the Department of Education is in the process of developing the process for soliciting proposals from potential providers for initial submission to the Board of Education at its September meeting. If you have questions regarding supplemental services, please contact the Office of Compensatory Programs at (804) 225-2869.

 

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