COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 114

August 23, 2002

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Academic Reviews for Schools Rated Accredited with Warning (in specific academic area or areas)

 

The Regulations for Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (SOA), effective September 28, 2000, set forth action requirements for schools that are rated accredited with warning. Section 8 VAC 20-131-310 of the standards states, in part:

 

the Department of Education shall develop a school academic review process and monitoring plan designed to assist schools rated as Accredited with Warning. All procedures and operations for the academic review process shall be approved and adopted by the Board.

 

On July 25, 2002, the Board adopted guidelines for the academic review processes used in schools rated Accredited with Warning. The guidelines can be found on the Departments website at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Accountability/accreditation.htm. These guidelines address revisions to Phase 1 and Phase 2 Academic Review processes and describe the Phase 3 Academic Review process.

 

It is the departments intent to respond to school division requests for conducting academic reviews early in the fall of this school year. To meet school and school division needs, we are asking that division superintendents provide the office of accreditation with the names of those schools rated Accredited with Warning for which earlier academic reviews are being requested.

 

Names of schools should be provided on Attachment A of this memo or in a similar format and forwarded to Dr. Cheri C. Magill, director of accreditation, (mailto:cmagill@mail.vak12ed.edu) by mail, e-mail, or by fax (804-786-9763). Questions about the academic review processes may be directed to Mr. Ed Holstrom, accreditation specialist, (mailto:eholstro@mail.vak12ed.edu) at 804-225-3122, or to Ms. Jan Callis, accreditation specialist, (jcallis@mail.vak12ed.edu) at 804-692-0250.

 

JLD/ccm

 

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