COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 140

July 22, 2005

 

INFORMATIONAL


TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

School Divisions and Schools as Supplemental Educational Service Providers

 

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 [Section 1116(b) (2)(5)(B)] requires schools that do not meet Adequate Yearly Progress targets for academic achievement for three consecutive years to offer supplemental educational services (SES) to parents of eligible children. Supplemental educational services are tutoring or academic enrichment services provided to children outside of the regular school day. Students may receive supplemental educational services from nonprofit or for profit entities, local school divisions, or schools.

 

Schools and school divisions interested in becoming

supplemental educational service providers may apply to the Virginia Department of Education for consideration. Prospective providers may apply by completing the SES application located at

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/nclb/ssp_app.doc.

 

Providers interested in applying must demonstrate: 1) a record of effectiveness in increasing student achievement; 2) capability of providing supplemental educational services that are consistent with the instructional program of the local educational agency and the state academic standards; 3) evidence of financial soundness; and 4) evidence that the services provided are of high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase the academic achievement of eligible children in mastering state academic achievement standards [Section 1116 (e)].

 

Only those school divisions that have not been identified for division improvement may apply to become supplemental educational service providers. All public schools are eligible to apply to provide supplemental educational services with the exception of Title I schools that have been identified for School Improvement; this includes schools within divisions identified for division improvement. Schools within divisions identified for division improvement may submit individual applications.

 

Detailed instructions for completing the application are included in the application. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and approved quarterly by the Virginia Board of Education.

 

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Ms. Rita Ghazal, Title I specialist, at Rita.Ghazal@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-2904.

 

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