COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 108

May 12, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Data Collection for 2005-2006 Annual Report for Programs for the Gifted

 

In 1999, the Code of Virginia was modified to include the following provision:

 

Each local school division shall submit the annual report, Programs for the Gifted, as required by Board regulations, to the Department of Education. [22.1-18.1]

 

The 2005-2006 annual report, Programs for the Gifted, will be collected through the Department of Educations Single Sign-On for Web Applications Systems (SSWS). Access to the application, Gifted Education, for school division personnel should be requested through the school divisions SSWS account manager.

 

The Gifted Education application will collect teacher data and program services data, to correlate with the school divisions March 31, 2006, student records data submission. In this application, school divisions will be required to provide two kinds of information: Teacher Training and Program Services.

 

Teacher Data: The application will ask for the number of both full- and part-time teachers of the gifted as specified in the school divisions approved local plan for the gifted. Further, the report will solicit information about the training and credentials those teachers held or obtained in 2005-2006.

 

Program Services: Individual program services pages will be generated to allow the school divisions to report the options available for identified students. For example, if a school division identifies and serves students in only one program, such as general intellectual ability, that single program page will be created for the collection of the school divisions services data.

 

After entering its teachers and program services data, each division must print a verification report for the superintendents signature. The verification report should be mailed by July 31, 2006, to Dr. Barbara McGonagill, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

 

A new feature has been added to the gifted annual report. Gifted education coordinators will be able to search the database of information submitted by divisions for school year 2004-2005. After July 31, 2006, the 2005-2006 data will also be searchable by school division gifted education coordinators.

 

Questions regarding the document or the process may be addressed to Dr. McGonagill, specialist, Governors Schools and Gifted Education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Barbara.McGonagill@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2884.

 

Thank you for your assistance with this activity and your continued support of gifted education.

 

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