COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 98

May 7, 2004

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Update of Board of Education Approved Supplemental Educational Services Providers: A Requirement of the No Child Left Behind Act, Title I, Section 1116

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires Title I schools that do not meet the states Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets for academic achievement for three consecutive years to offer a choice of supplemental educational services to parents of eligible children. Supplemental educational services are tutoring and academic enrichment activities that are provided in addition to daily instruction. A provider can be a nonprofit or for-profit entity or a school division. The services must be of high quality, research-based, and designed to increase the academic achievement of eligible children in mastering the Standards of Learning and proficiency on Standards of Learning tests. The NCLB legislation requires states to maintain an approved list of supplemental educational services providers.

 

On September 26, 2002, the Board of Education adopted the initial list of recommended supplemental educational services providers. The legislation also requires states to update the list periodically as new companies complete the board-approved review process. Since approval of the initial list, a number of companies have been added as recommended providers. At the April 28, 2004, meeting of the board, four providers were added. The complete list may be found at http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/nclb/boe/supsrvcs-list.pdf on the Department of Education's website.

 

Prospective providers may continue to apply to the Virginia Department of Education. Superintendents may also inform the department of such companies that have been used successfully in school divisions in prior years or that are currently being used.

 

For additional information, please contact Ms. Brenda Spencer, Title coordinator, at (804) 371-6201, or by e-mail at bspencer@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

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