COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 234

December 9, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Revised Remediation Recovery Guidelines

 

At its October 26, 2005, meeting the Virginia Board of Education adopted revisions to the guidelines for remediation recovery that are only applicable to the 2006-2007 accreditation ratings. The revised guidelines pertain to students who failed a reading or mathematics test in grades 3, 5, or 8, or an end-of-course mathematics test in 2004-2005 and participated in a remediation recovery program in the 2005-2006 school year. As the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia are currently being revised, guidelines for the implementation of remediation recovery programs in 2007-2008 and beyond will be developed after the revisions to accrediting standards are approved by the Virginia Board of Education.

 

Under the revised guidelines for the 2006-2007 accreditation ratings, students who failed either the grade 8 reading or mathematics test, or an end-of-course mathematics test, and participated in a remediation recovery program will continue to retake the applicable Standards of Learning (SOL) test at the next regularly scheduled administration. The score of a remediation recovery student who passes the grade 8 reading or mathematics test will be counted in the schools pass rate for the purposes of accreditation. If a student retakes and passes an end-of-course mathematics test under remediation recovery, the students score will be counted twice in the schools accreditation pass rateonce as part of the pass rate for the end-of-course test and a second time as part of remediation recovery. The scores of remediation recovery students who fail the grade 8 reading or mathematics test or an end-of-course mathematics test will not be counted in the schools accreditation pass rate.

 

Students who failed the grade 3 or grade 5 reading and/or mathematics test and participated in a remediation recovery program after being promoted to the fourth or sixth grade will not retake the failed test or tests. However, if these remediation recovery students pass the grade 4 or grade 6 reading and/or mathematics tests, their scores will be counted twice in the schools accreditation pass rateonce as part of the pass rate for the grade 4 or grade 6 test and a second time under remediation recovery. If a fourth- or sixth-grade remediation recovery student fails the reading test or the mathematics test, the students score will count only once in the accreditation pass rate as part of the grade 4 or grade 6 pass rate.

 

Remediation recovery scores will continue to count at the school where the student was tested as a remediation recovery student. Students may be counted in remediation recovery only once for each grade/SOL test.

 

The following students may not be included in remediation recovery programs:

 

1. Students in grade 8 who are retested because they are retained and had not passed the grade 8 test in reading or mathematics; and

 

2.  Students who retake an end-of-course test as a result of failing and retaking a mathematics course at the high school.

 

Questions about the revisions to the remediation recovery guidelines should be addressed to the staff of the Division of Assessment and Reporting at (804) 225-2102 or by e-mail to darfax@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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