COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 50

March 7, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technical Assistance Audio Workshop for School Divisions with Schools on the Title I Watch List

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce a one-hour technical assistance audio workshop for school divisions with schools on the Title I watch list. Watch schools are those Title I schools that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in reading (English/language arts), mathematics, or both for the 2007-2008 school year based on the 2006-2007 Standards of Learning tests and are not already in School Improvement. These schools have been designated watch schools because they will enter Title I School Improvement for the 2008-2009 school year if they do not meet AYP in the same subject area for a second consecutive year.

 

School divisions were notified of schools that are considered watch schools through letters to division superintendents during the week of February 11, 2008. The notification included a letter describing what a watch school is as well as a list of the schools in each school division that are considered watch schools.

 

The purpose of this audio workshop is to provide technical assistance to schools that have the potential to enter their first year of School Improvement for 2007-2008. The audio workshop will focus on the sanctions that must be implemented when a school enters year one of Title I School Improvement. School Improvement sanctions for year two schools will also be addressed.

 

The one-hour audio workshop will be held on two different dates and times. The first audio workshop will be held Wednesday, April 2, 2008, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The next two will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop is designed for school division superintendents, Title I coordinators, and principals of Title I schools that are designated as watch schools. School divisions with schools on the watch list are asked to assemble their representatives at one location, use a speakerphone, and participate at the time assigned below. Divisions are assigned a time according to the beginning letter of their school division's name. At the appointed starting time, the caller should dial the toll-free number and enter the passcode below.

 

 

Date and Time

School Divisions

Toll Free Number

 

Passcode

 

April 2, 2008

1 p.m. 2 p.m.

 

 

A-I

 

(866)842-5779

 

8043710908

 

April 3, 2008

9 a.m. 10 a.m.

 

 

K-P

 

(866)842-5779

 

8043710908

 

April 3, 2008

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

 

 

R-Y

 

(866)842-5779

 

8043710908

 

Attachment A contains an audio workshop registration form to be faxed by Wednesday, March 26, 2008, to Veronica Tate, Title I specialist, at (804) 371-7347. The form contains a place to list questions you would like addressed at the workshop. If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Phil Iovino, Title I specialist, at Phil.Iovino@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 371-2934 or Veronica Tate, Title I specialist, at Veronica.Tate@doe.virginia.gov.

 

BKCJr/VT

 

Attachment

 

a. Audio Workshop Registration Form (PDF)