COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 12

January 21, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

 

A No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Audio Workshop for Schools on the Title I Watch List

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce its second No Child Left Behind (NCLB) one-hour technical assistance audio workshop. The workshop is designed for superintendents, Title I coordinators, and principals of Title I schools that have been designated as watch schools. Watch schools are those Title I schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading (English/language arts), mathematics, or both for the 2004-2005 school year based on the 2003-2004 Standards of Learning tests and are not already in School Improvement. These schools have been designated watch schools because they will enter Title I School Improvement for the 2005-2006 school year, if they do not meet AYP in the same subject area for a second consecutive year.

 

School divisions were notified of schools that are considered watch schools through letters to division superintendents during the week of January 10, 2005. The notification included a letter describing what a watch school is as well as a list of the schools in each school division that are considered watch schools.

 

The purpose of this audio workshop is to prepare schools that have the potential to enter their first year of School Improvement for 2005-2006. The audio workshop will focus on the sanctions that must be implemented when a school enters year 1 of Title I School Improvement. School Improvement sanctions for year 2 schools will also be addressed.

 

The one-hour audio workshop will be held at two different times on Wednesday, February 23, 2005. School divisions with schools on the watch list are asked to assemble their representatives at one location, use a speakerphone, and participate at the time assigned below. Divisions are assigned a time according to the beginning letter of their school division name. At the appointed starting time, the caller should dial the toll-free number and enter the pass code below.

 

Time

 

School Divisions

Toll Free

Number

Pass code

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

A-K

(800)337-3137

6201#

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

L-Y

(800)337-3137

6201#

 

Attachment A contains a response form to be returned by fax on or before February 11, 2005, to Diane Jay, education specialist, at (804) 371-7347. The form contains a place to list questions you would like addressed at the workshop. If you need additional information, please contact Ms. Jay at Diane.Jay@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2905. If you have questions about Title I watch schools in your division, please contact Rita Ghazal, Title I specialist, at Rita.Ghazal@doe.virginia.gov or at (804) 225-2904.

 

JLD/DLJ/jf

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf012a.doc