COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 23

January 26, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Review of the Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education Standards of Learning: Seeking Input from the School Community

 

At the January 10, 2007 Board of Education meeting, the Department of Education was authorized to proceed this spring with the review and revision process of the Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education Standards of Learning consistent with the schedule adopted by the Board in September 2000. It is anticipated that the standards revision will be completed before June 2008.

 

An important part of the review process for the Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education Standards of Learning is the solicitation of comments from administrators; curriculum supervisors; health, physical, and driver educators; and others who have worked with the current standards. Please inform personnel in your school division that they may review and comment on the current standards at the Virginia Department of Education website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/VDOE/SOLcommentforms/health.html. Comments will be received at this address from January 26, 2007, until February 28, 2007.

 

The Department of Education is also seeking nominations from division superintendents for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on committees to review the Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education Standards of Learning during the summer of 2007. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, or others who have knowledge of the content areas and experience with standards development.

 

Committee members reviewing the Health Education, Physical Education, and Driver Education Standards of Learning will be asked to review information related to their content areas prior to convening for a two-day meeting on June 21-22, 2007, to review the standards. Committee members who are not under contract with a school division will receive a stipend, and those under contract may receive recertification points, pending the approval of their school division. The Department of Education will cover expenses for mileage, meals, and lodging related to the review process.

 

A nomination form to be duplicated as needed for interested individuals is attached. Please return nomination forms by March 30, 2007. Committee members will be notified on or before May 1, 2007. Committee members will be selected on the basis of expertise and experience in health education, physical education, and driver education and balanced regional representation.

 

If you have any questions about the Health Education, Physical Education, or Driver Education Standards of Learning review, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.

 

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http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf023a.doc