DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 227
November 10, 2005
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Review of the K-12 English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning: Seeking Input from the School Community
At its meeting on September 21, 2005, the Board of Education approved the English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning for review and revision if necessary, as part of its comprehensive plan for 2005-2010. At its October 26, 2005, meeting the board approved a time line for review and revision of the English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning and directed the Department of Education to proceed with the review process.
As part of
the review process for the English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning,
the Department of Education is soliciting comments from classroom teachers,
administrators, curriculum supervisors, English as a second
language (ESL) educators, and others who have worked with the current
standards. Please inform personnel in
your school division that forms for comments regarding the current standards
are located on the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/SOLcommentforms/
english-language-proficiency.html. Copies of the current English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning are available on the website at http:/www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Superintendent
/Sols/ELPstandards02.pdf. Comments will be accepted from November 18, 2005, until December 19, 2005.
The Department of Education is also seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review the English Language Proficiency Standards at a four-day meeting March 13-16, 2006. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or other educators who have knowledge of the content area and experience with standards development. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive a stipend. The Department of Education will cover the expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.
A nomination form is attached to be duplicated as needed. Please return nomination forms by December 9, 2005. Committee members will be notified of their selection by January 6, 2006. Committee members will be selected on the basis of grade-level expertise, experience in ESL instruction, and balanced regional representation.
If you have questions about the English Language Proficiency Standards of Learning review, please contact Val Gooss, ESL coordinator, at (804) 786-1692 or Valerie.Gooss@doe.virginia.gov.