COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 25

August 1, 2008

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2008-2009 NCLB Other Academic Indicator Selection

DUE: August 29, 2008

 

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has approved an amendment to allow school divisions to choose attendance, science, history, or writing as the other academic indicator for adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the division and for each school that does not have a graduating class. This amendment is acceptable by USED if the choice is made prior to the start of the school year so schools will have a clear objective to pursue.

For a school to make AYP under NCLB, all schools that do not have a graduating class must meet the participation rate and the annual measurable performance objectives for reading and mathematics, plus their selected other academic indicator. The choice of attendance, science, history, or writing as the other academic indicator also will apply to the safe harbor AYP calculation.

 

School divisions may declare their choice of other academic indicator for the 2008-2009 school year through the Educational Registry Application (ERA). Staff members responsible for selecting the indicator should contact the Single Sign-On for Web Systems(SSWS) Account Manager to gain access to this application.

 

Please make your choice of attendance, science, history, or writing using ERA and fax the signed verification to (804)786-0101 no later than August 29, 2008. If you have any questions, please contact Educational Applications at RESULTSHELP@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 786-3112 (menu option 4).

 

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