COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 28

July 21, 2006

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

School Report Card Data and Data Collection for Teacher/Student Industry Certification Credentials Division Report, School Year 2005-06

 

From January 2004 through June 2006 the Department of Educations Office of Career and Technical Education (CTE) has been conducting industry certification training and testing academies which have been funded through the federal Perkins Act. These certifications help career and technical education teachers become better qualified to teach current market skills and allow teachers to provide students the opportunity to obtain student-selected verified credits.

 

Students earn verified credits by achieving industry certification credentials while passing related career and technical education programs or courses. Effective with the graduating class of 2004, students were eligible to use industry certification credentials for verified credits to meet the graduation requirement.

 

Teacher Certification

 

The Department of Education must report the number of career and technical education teachers who have obtained industry certification credentials through personal, local, or state-supported training efforts as well as the number of teachers who need training/testing to achieve a credential. This information is important in planning for the 200607 industry certification training academies in various regions of the state. Updated information on CTE teacher certification should be reported to the Virginia Department of Education using the spreadsheet that will be e-mailed to your Career and Technical Education administrator. Data on teacher certification status as reported in July 2005 is contained on the teacher worksheet portion of this spreadsheet.

 

Student Certification

 

As a result of legislation passed during the 2005 General Assembly Session, the Code of Virginia requires that local school boards report annually on the number of student industry certifications, state licensures, and National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) assessments passed.

 

Students who obtained industry certification credentials or passed NOCTI occupational competency assessments during the school year 2005-06 should be reported to the Virginia Department of Education using the spreadsheet that is being e-mailed to the local Career and Technical Education administrators. All credentials listed on the data collection spreadsheet are considered eligible for student-selected verified credit as either industry certification pathway examinations, full certification programs, or licensures. Please follow the data input instructions (see Survey Key for Credential Clarification), and then e-mail the completed spreadsheet by September 1, 2006. The submit option will e-mail the spreadsheet to Gordon Creasy at Gordon.Creasy@doe.virginia.gov. Beginning with the 2007-2008 school year, student industry certification data will be collected through the Single Sign-On for Web Systems (SSWS).

 

The summary data columns from the spreadsheet (School Report Card Data) should be recorded on the attached form by school or technical center name, and signed by the division superintendent. This data will be used for the 2006 School Report Card. The form should also be used for reporting total expenditures for student examinations or occupational competency testing by school division. This data will be used to justify state reimbursement to school divisions. Please return the form by September 1, 2006 to Gordon Creasy, specialist for industry certification and licensure, Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120.

Content and technical assistance questions should be addressed to Gordon.Creasy@doe.virginia.gov, specialist for industry certification and licensure, at (804) 225-2057.

 

PW/GC/sgj

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/adm028a.doc