COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO.158

July 11, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Technical Assistance Audio Workshop to Clarify the Addition of Science as an Option for Supplemental Educational Services

 

On June 3, 2008, the United States Department of Education (USED) provided additional guidance regarding science as an option for services that Supplemental Educational Service (SES) providers may offer to eligible students. USED has clarified that states may not prohibit providers of SES wishing to provide services in science from applying for and gaining approval solely on the basis that they provide services in science.

 

Section 1116(e) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires Title I schools in the second year and beyond of school improvement, to provide SES to all eligible children. Previously, SES services were required in reading/language arts and mathematics. This recent directive from USED expands SES offerings to include science.

Section 1116(e)(12) of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) defines Supplemental Educational Services (SES) as services that are in addition to instruction provided during the school day, are of high-quality, research- based, and specifically designed to increase the academic achievement of children on the academic assessments required under Section 1111. Section 1111(b) requires assessments in, at a minimum, reading or language arts, mathematics, and science. Accordingly, a state may not prohibit providers of SES who desire to provide services in science from applying for and gaining approval solely on the basis that they provide services in science. Furthermore, parents of eligible students must be allowed to choose providers that have been approved by the state to provide services in science.

The Virginia Department of Education will conduct an audio conference for all interested school personnel on August 13, 2008, at 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. to provide additional information on the addition of science as an option for SES. To join the conference call, please dial 1-866-842-5779. When asked for the code, please enter 8043712932. To register, please fill out the attached form no later than August 8, 2008, and fax to: Ann Sheehan, Title I Specialist at 804-371-7347. For questions, please contact Ann Sheehan, at Ann.Sheehan@doe.virginia.gov or (804)371-2932.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Audio Conference Registration (Word)