Superintendent's Memo #183-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 10, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Wizard Partnership


The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce a multi-agency Web portal partnership with the Virginia Community College System and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This collaborative effort will be utilizing the Virginia Wizard (Version 1.0) that was launched by the Virginia Community College System on March 11, 2009.

This joint effort is consistent with our P-16 work. The current Wizard will continue to be enhanced and will evolve into a robust system. Some of the enhancements to be added, and the appropriate version of Wizard, include:

SCHEV received a grant to contribute to these enhancements. The Department of Education will also contribute to the continued development and maintenance costs. Unfortunately, we are not in a position financially to continue the KUDER system while investing in the Wizard enhancements. Though Wizard will be replacing the KUDER system, the student portfolios developed through June 30, 2009, will still be accessible to the students as long as they periodically access them each year.

Virginia Wizard may be viewed at https://www.vawizard.org/vccs/Main.action. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Russell, director of career and technical education, via e-mail at Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-2847.

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