COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 20

January 20, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Additional Instructional Models and Programs to Satisfy Provisions in the Standards of Accreditation (SOA)

 

The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia require schools accredited with warning in English or mathematics to adopt and implement instructional methods that have a proven track record of success at raising student achievement.

At the January 11, 2006, Board of Education meeting the following two additional instructional models/programs were approved and added to the list: Scholastic Read 180,

Stage B; Fast ForWord Products; and I CAN Learn Middle School Mathematics.

 

The Department of Education has prepared an updated Technical Assistance Resource Document that contains the board-approved recommended list and background information on recommended models, board-approved selection criteria, and disclaimers. The updated list can be found at the following website: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/title1/Models-Programs.pdf. The information included in the resource document is intended to assist schools that are accredited with warning in selecting and implementing an appropriate instructional model or program.

 

For more information about the instructional models, please contact Anthony Dursa (Anthony.Dursa@doe.virginia.gov), comprehensive school reform specialist, at (804) 371-7579.

 

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