COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 167

July 25, 2008

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Project Graduation Academic Year Grants

 

As part of the state's Project Graduation initiative, I am pleased to announce a remediation grant opportunity to assist students who need to earn verified credits to complete their diploma requirements. Grant proposals will be accepted from individual school divisions and from partnerships of school divisions within a Superintendents' Regional Study Group.

 

Proposals must address the needs of high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores who have not yet earned verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, Algebra I, Geometry, History, and/or Science, but have received passing grades for the specific courses bearing those assessments. Special consideration should be given to students in subgroups whose graduation rates fall below that of the subgroup with the highest graduation rate.

 

Participants may include seniors who are pursuing a Modified Standard Diploma but have not yet met the literacy and numeracy requirements of that diploma. Please note that students who complete a Modified Standard Diploma can continue their enrollment in school as the Modified Standard Diploma is not a terminal diploma. School divisions and regions should review their graduation data to justify a focus on particular subgroups.

 

Each Superintendent's Regional Study Group is eligible to receive approximately $75,000 to implement a Project Graduation Academic Year Academy Grant for the Academic Year of 2008-2009. The standard model is for one school division to act as the fiscal agent for each grant; however, several sites within the region may serve students. In addition, more than one grant application from a region will be accepted. Individual school divisions are eligible to apply, although each division may participate in only one grant application per region.

 

The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal, including all required forms and signatures, and meeting the submission deadlines. Regions with very high population densities may be eligible for additional funding. The funds will be disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis. Grant letters of intent are due on August 25, 2008, and the completed proposals are due at the Department on September 12, 2008. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A.

 

The Academy must focus on student instruction that is based on data derived from diagnostic instruments and previous assessment results for each student as well as individual subgroups. Data from previous academies should be used to identify effective strategies and practices.

 

Assessment records for participating students must be properly identified as Project Graduation participants. Specific details of how to code assessment records will be provided to project coordinators and division directors of testing.

 

If you have questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.

 

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Attachment

 

a. Project Graduation Academic Year Academy Grant Application 2008-2009 (Word)