COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 202

October 7, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Modifications to the School-Level Academic Review Process Approved by the Board of Education

 

 

On September 21, 2005, the Board of Education approved modifications to the school-level academic review process guidelines. The purpose of this memorandum is to provide information about those modifications (see Attachment A).

 

These modifications introduce a new element, the school support team, to the continuous academic review process. This team will provide targeted technical assistance to those schools that were warned in the previous year. The Department of Education (DOE) will assign the school to a level of intervention based on an analysis of the schools most current accountability data, the current school improvement plan, and any other relevant data. The school support team will provide technical assistance that meets the unique needs of that school throughout the year.

 

For those schools not warned in 2004-05 but accredited with warning in 2005-06, the DOE will assign the school to one of three academic review tiers. Once the tier status has been designated, an academic review team will conduct an on-site review and assist the school in identifying areas of need to be reflected in the three-year school improvement plan. Please note in Attachment A that the criteria for tier assignments have changed since last year.

 

The school-level academic review process is a continuous process that is designed to monitor the implementation of the school improvement plan. Throughout the schools continued status in warning, the DOE will provide technical assistance to support the schools improvement efforts.

 

Please direct any questions regarding these modifications to Mrs. Kathleen M. Smith, director, Office of School Improvement, at (804) 225-2865 or Kathleen.Smith@doe.virginia.gov.

 

 

JLD/KMS/pl

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf202a.pdf