COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 31

July 20, 2007

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 2006-2007

 

From January 2004 through June 2007 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 may earn verified credits by achieving certain 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 certain graduation requirements.

 

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 20072008 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 data collection spreadsheet that is available for download on the Office of Career and Technical Educations credentialing website (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/certification/2007_Data_Collection.xls).

 

Student Certification

 

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 2006-2007 should be reported to the Virginia Department of Education using the data collection spreadsheet that is available for download on the Office of Career and Technical Educations credentialing website (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/certification/2007_Data_Collection.xls). 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, 2007 to Gordon Creasy at Gordon.Creasy@doe.virginia.gov.

 

The summary data columns from the spreadsheet (School Report Card Data) should be recorded on the attached form by school name and signed by the division superintendent. Area technical center student credentials earned should be added to home or feeder school totals. These data will be used for the 2007 School Report Card. The form should also be used for reporting total expenditures for student examinations or occupational competency testing by school division. These data will be used to justify state reimbursement to school divisions. Please return the form by September 1, 2007 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.

 

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

 

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Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/adm031a.doc