COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 57

November 5, 2004

 

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Guidelines for Sanctions/Corrective Actions for School Divisions in Improvement Status as Required in NCLB

 

On October 28, 2004, the Virginia Board of Education adopted Guidelines for Sanctions/Corrective Actions for Virginia School Divisions in Improvement Status, as required by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The PDF version of the document is attached and, also is available on the Department of Educations NCLB website.

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires states to establish an accountability system for schools, school divisions, and the state. As part of the accountability system, states must have sanctions and corrective actions for school divisions that do not make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for two consecutive years or more as defined in their Consolidated State Application Accountability Workbook. Virginias Accountability Workbook, approved by the Virginia Board of Education and the U.S. Department of Education (USED), describes a single statewide accountability system and outlines the steps that Virginia will follow to implement this requirement of NCLB. The AYP accountability determinations for the 2004-2005 school year (based on 2003-2004 data) have resulted in the identification of certain school divisions in improvement status. School divisions were notified of their improvement status concurrent with the Web-based notification of school-level AYP information. In Virginia, school divisions that do not make AYP for two consecutive years in the same content area are identified as being in improvement status. School divisions that are in improvement status are subject to sanctions and/or corrective actions.

 

A separate communication that provides technical assistance on division improvement planning will be sent directly to the superintendents of divisions in improvement status. If you have questions about the federal requirements, please contact Brenda Spencer, Title I coordinator, at (804) 371-6201 or e-mail (bspencer@mail.vak12ed.edu). If you have questions about division improvement planning, please contact Dr. James Heywood, executive director for school improvement, at (804) 225-2657 or e-mail (jheywood@mail.vak12ed.edu).

 

JLD/PIW

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2004/adm057a.pdf