COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 6

January 5, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 for a Statewide System of Support

 

Statewide System of Support

As required under section 1117(a)of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB), states must establish a statewide system of intensive and sustained support and improvement for school divisions and schools receiving Title I funds. The purpose of the statewide system is to increase the opportunity for all students served by these divisions and schools to meet the states academic content standards and student academic achievement standards.

 

Virginias Approach to the Statewide System of Support

Virginia has taken a comprehensive approach to meeting the NCLB requirement for a statewide system of support. Virginias approach is best described as a toolkit in which each school division and school works with the state to choose the option(s) that best fits their needs. Included in the toolbox are a variety of choices. The toolkit approach allows the state to match resources to school divisions and schools based on an analysis of student achievement and other factors that contribute to quality educational programs.

 

The toolkit includes a variety of options that have been organized into six strands as follows: 1) standards and instructional resources; 2) assessments and data-driven decision making; 3) instructional support, interventions, and acceleration; 4) teacher quality and leadership development; 5) partnerships and support networks; and 6) accountability for results and informed parents. A description of the components available within each strand as well as how Virginias approach meets the requirements in the law is located at:

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/nclb/statewidesupport.pdf

If you have questions about Virginias approach to the statewide system of support, please contact Roberta Schlicher, director of program administration and accountability, at (804)225-2870 or Roberta.Schlicher@doe.virginia.gov.

 

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