COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 4

January 10, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

No Child Left BehindTitle I Final Regulations: A School Improvement Identification Update

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires Title I schools that do not meet the state's Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets for two consecutive years to be identified for Title I School Improvement. The federal law requires states to establish the AYP baseline for 2002-2003 using 2001-2002 school year data (Virginia's 2002 Standards of Learning test results); however, the newly released NCLB--Title I Final Regulations also require states to use the 2002 test results to assess 2001-2002 performance of certain Title I schools. Contrary to previous guidance received from the U.S. Department of Education, the performance of all Title I schools except the current 34 schools that have been identified for school improvement, must be assessed using 2002 Standards of Learning test data.

 

Therefore, such Title I schools that have received an Accredited with Warning rating in English and/or mathematics for 2002-2003 will be considered to have failed one of the two years necessary to be included in the Title I School Improvement category. Virginia has identified 16 such Title I schools. If your division has schools in this category, you will be notified in separate correspondence. The second-year assessment for these schools will be based on the state's definition of AYP that will be applied to school year 2002-2003.

 

We encourage all superintendents and principals of Title I schools in this category to review Section 1116 of the Title I law to become knowledgeable of the consequences should these schools fail to make adequate yearly progress for 2002-2003. More importantly, superintendents and principals should seek to ensure that low-performing schools maximize their efforts to improve English/reading and mathematics achievement of all students to prevent these schools from moving into Title I School Improvement status.

If you should have questions, please contact George H. Irby, Sr., (mailto:girby@mail.vak12ed.edu), or Brenda A. Spencer

(mailto:bspencer@mail.vak12ed.edu) at (804) 225-2869. You may find the No Child Left Behind Regulations at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OESE/SASA/cepprogresp.html - reg.

 

 

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