COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 162

July 18, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2007-2008 Annual Report, Programs for the Gifted

 

In 1999, the Code of Virginia was modified to include the following provision:

 

Each local school division shall submit the annual report, Programs for the Gifted, as required by Board regulations, to the Department of Education. [22.1-18.1].

 

The 2007-2008 annual report, Programs for the Gifted, will be collected through the Department of Education's Single Sign-On for Web Applications Systems (SSWS). Access to the application, Gifted Education, for school division personnel should be requested through the school division's SSWS account manager.

 

This application will collect teacher training and program services data only. The division's student membership and referral data will be drawn from the school division's end- of-year student records collection. If the school division has not yet submitted the end-of-year student records data, the application will display a message indicating that the user may not proceed until the school division's student records data are submitted.

 

Teacher Data: The application will ask for the number of both full- and part-time teachers of the gifted as specified in the school division's approved local plan for the gifted. Further, the report will request information about the training and credentials those teachers held or obtained in 2007-2008.

 

Program Services: Individual program services pages will be generated to allow the school divisions to report the options available for identified students. For example, if a school division identifies and serves students in only one program, such as general intellectual ability, that single program page will be created for the collection of the school division's services data.

 

After entering its teachers and program services data, each division must print a verification report for the superintendent's signature. The verification report should be mailed to Dr. Donna L. Poland, Office of Middle/High School Instruction, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, by August 30, 2008.

 

Gifted education coordinators will be able to search the database of information submitted by divisions for school years 2004, 2005, and 2006. After August 30, 2008, the 2007-2008 data will also be searchable by school division gifted education coordinators.

 

Questions regarding the document or the process may be addressed to Dr. Poland, specialist, Governor's Schools and Gifted Education, Office of Middle/High School Instruction, by e-mail at Donna.Poland@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at 804-225-2884.

 

Thank you for your assistance with this activity and your continued support of gifted education.

 

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