COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 145

July 27, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Guidelines Establishing Incentive Program to Encourage and Recognize School Accountability Performance and Competence to Excellence (8VAC 20-131-325)

 

During the July 25, 2007, meeting of the Virginia Board of Education, the Board approved guidelines establishing an incentive program to encourage and recognize fully accredited schools and school divisions as they strive for excellence. These guidelines establish the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Incentive Program as permitted in the Standards of Accreditation (8VAC 20-131-325). The approved guidelines are attached.

 

The Board of Educations VIP incentive program will recognize and reward fully accredited schools and school divisions that make significant progress toward achieving specific measurable goals and objectives established by the Board of Education and supported by the Governor.

 

The program establishes a multi-tiered incentive and rewards system to recognize levels of performance on the Virginia Index of Performance. The top awardGovernors VIP Award for Educational Excellencewill be awarded to eligible schools and divisions that meet or exceed all applicable VIP excellence targets established by the Governor.

 

The first VIP awards are expected to be announced in late fall 2007 based on available data from the 2006-2007 school year. The Department of Education will provide school divisions with details on the implementation of this program in early fall. To the extent possible, the Department of Education will determine schools and school divisions eligible for the awards based on data already collected.

 

Please encourage your school administrators to review the attached guidelines and work towards achieving the excellence goals established in the VIP program.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Patricia I. Wright, chief deputy superintendent of public instruction, via e-mail at Patricia.Wright@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2979.

 

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http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf145a.pdf