COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 138

July 20, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Project Graduation Academic Year Grant

 

As part of the states Project Graduation initiative, I am pleased to announce a remediation grant opportunity for the eight Superintendents Regional Study Groups. Grant

proposals will be accepted from individual school divisions and from partnerships of school divisions within a Superintendents Regional Study Group.

 

Proposals must address the needs of high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores who have not yet earned verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, Algebra I, Geometry, History, and/or Science, but have received passing grades for the specific courses bearing those assessments. Special consideration should be given to students in subgroups whose graduation rates fall below that of the subgroup with the highest graduation rate.

 

In addition, this also applies to seniors who are pursuing a Modified Standard Diploma and have not yet met the literacy and numeracy requirements of that diploma. Please note that students who complete a Modified Standard Diploma can continue their enrollment in school, as the Modified Standard Diploma is not a terminal diploma.

Each Superintendents Regional Study Group is eligible to receive approximately $75,000 to implement a Project Graduation Academic Year Regional Academy Grant for the 2007-2008 school year. The standard model is for one school division to act as the fiscal agent for each grant; however, several sites within the region may serve students. In addition, more than one grant application from a region will be accepted. Individual school divisions are eligible to apply, though each division may participate in only one grant application. The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal, including all required forms and signatures, and meeting the submission deadlines. Regions with very high population densities may be eligible for additional funding based on the 2006-2007 academic year academy enrollments and the number of divisions participating from that region. The funds will be disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis. Grant letters of intent are due on August 24, 2007, and the completed proposals are due at the Department on September 7, 2007. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A.

The academy must focus on student instruction that is based on data derived from diagnostic instruments and previous assessment results for each student. Data from previous academies should be used to identify effective strategies and practices.

 

If you have questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Tabitha Grossman, high school initiatives specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Tabitha.Grossman@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-1993.

 

 

BKC/TEG/ce

 

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