COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 140

September 5, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Expanded General Educational Development (GED) Testing Services

 

The Department of Education announces the availability of $112,000 to expand General Educational Development (GED) testing centers or satellite sites. The number of GED Option youth taking the GED Tests and the number of accommodated test administrations continue to increase. Some testing centers cannot meet the demand for services.

 

GED expansion grants will be awarded to school divisions for reimbursement of expenditures for one of the following activities:

 

(1)         to establish a new GED testing center in a school division that does not provide GED testing,

 

(2)         to expand testing services at current sites, or

 

(3)         to increase the number of examinees being served.

 

Grant funds may be used to purchase GED test batteries, to pay test examiners wages and benefits, or to pay for other costs associated with establishing or expanding GED testing centers or satellite sites.

 

School divisions may apply for a maximum of $7,500 to establish a new testing center or to establish satellite-testing sites in localities that are not being served. School divisions may apply for a maximum of $5,000 to expand a GED testing center for the purpose of increasing the number of examinees. Two or more divisions may work together under a memorandum of agreement and request up to the maximum amount of funding for each division. One school division shall serve as fiscal agent for a regional center.

 

Applications for expanded GED testing services funds must be received on or before 4:30 p.m. on October 17, 2003. The application packet may be mailed or delivered to the following addresses:

 

Postal Address

Dr. Yvonne V. Thayer, Director

Office of Adult Education & Literacy

Virginia Department of Education

P. O. Box 2120

Richmond, VA 23218-2120

 

Hand Delivery

Ms. Gloria Murphy

Administrative Office Specialist

21st Floor, James Monroe Building

Office of Adult Education & Literacy

101 North 14th Street

Richmond, VA 23219

 

 

To receive information about establishing a testing center or for further information about this grant program, contact Robert MacGillivray, (rmacgill@mail.vak12ed.edu), adult secondary specialist, at (804) 371-2333. Questions regarding the budget may be directed to Becky Marable, (rmarable@mail.vak12ed.edu), grants manager at (804) 225-3349.

 

 

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