COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 142

September 5, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Academic Reviews for Schools Rated Accredited with Warning in a 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.

 

The Board has adopted guidelines for the academic review processes used in schools rated Accredited with Warning. Guidelines and a description of the academic review processes can be found at

http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Accountability/accreditation.htm

 

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 having the potential to be rated Accredited with Warning for which earlier academic reviews are being requested. Priority will be given to those schools that previously have been rated Accredited with Warning.

 

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.

 

On a related issue, please note that all schools rated Accredited with Warning for the 2000-0001, 2001-2002, or 2002-2003 school years must submit school improvement plan status reports by October 1, 2003. A report on the status of school improvement plans for schools rated Accredited with Warning is planned for the Board of Educations meeting on October 22, 2003.

 

 

JLD/ccm

 

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