Superintendent's Memo #165-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 16, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Transmittal of the 2010 Standards of Quality

This memorandum provides information regarding the additions and revisions to the Standards of Quality (SOQ), §§ 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:9 of the Code of Virginia, passed by the 2010 General Assembly. The revisions became effective July 1, 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Attached is a copy of the standards with the changes made by the 2010 General Assembly noted in italics.

The 2010 General Assembly revised Standards 2, 3 and 4 of the SOQ and added Standard 9 to the SOQ through the following legislation:

HB 111
HB 196
SB 352
Impacts Standard 4 of the SOQ by delaying certain provisions of the Board of Education’s 2009 Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia with the exception of the Graduation and Completion Index until the 2011-2012 school year. For more details, see Superintendent’s Memorandum #112-10 and http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation/index.shtml.
HB 304

Amends Standard 3 of the SOQ to require an annual justification, as part of the Individual Education Program, for every student who takes the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) assessment instrument in grades three through eight. Such justification shall include evidence that the student meets participation criteria defined by the Department of Education. For more details, see Superintendent’s Memorandum #096-10.

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.

HB 394
SB 629

Amends Standard 4 of the SOQ to ensure that the sequential elective requirement for the standard diploma be identified in the Academic and Career Plan as described in the Board of Education’s 2009 Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia.

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.

HB 566
SB 630

Amends Standard 4 of the SOQ to require each local school board to report annually to the Board of Education the number of Board-approved industry certifications obtained, state licensure examinations passed, national occupational competency assessments passed, Virginia workplace readiness skills assessments passed; and the number of career and technical education completers who graduated. These numbers shall be reported as separate categories on the School Performance Report Card.

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.

HB 1172
SB 145

Adds Standard 9 to the SOQ to codify the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) Incentive Program that recognizes fully accredited schools and school divisions making significant progress toward achieving advance proficiency levels in reading, mathematics, science, and history and social science and on other indicators of school and student performance. Requires the Board of Education to include in the VIP program performance objectives and measures that promote student achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:9 of the Code.

HB 1199

Amends Standard 4 of the SOQ to require the Board of Education to provide for the waiver of graduation requirements to be granted only for good cause and to be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.

SB 738
HB 1388

Amends Standard 2 of the SOQ to permit local school divisions, when determining the assignment of instructional and other licensed personnel to meet the requirements of this standard, not to include full-time students of approved virtual school programs. Please see: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/virtual_learning/index.shtml for more information on SB 738 and HB 1388.

Reference: § 22.1-253.13:2 of the Code.

You may also access all nine standards of the Standards of Quality at the following Web address: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+TOC22010000013000020000000.

In addition to the bills that amended the SOQ, the 2010 Appropriation Act, in Item 132, provides flexibility for the funding of some staffing positions in school divisions.

The following language is included related to this flexibility:

"To provide flexibility, school divisions may use the state and local funds for instructional technology resource teachers required by the Standards of Quality to employ a data coordinator position, an instructional technology resource teacher position, or a data coordinator/instructional resource teacher blended position. The data coordinator position is intended to serve as a resource to principals and classroom teachers in the area of data analysis and interpretation for instructional and school improvement purposes, as well as for overall data management and administration of state assessments. School divisions using these SOQ funds in this manner shall only employ instructional personnel licensed by the Board of Education."

"To provide flexibility in the provision of reading intervention services, school divisions may use the state Early Reading Intervention initiative funding provided from the Lottery Proceeds Fund and the required local matching funds to employ reading specialists to provide the required reading intervention services. School divisions using the Early Reading Intervention Initiative funds in this manner shall only employ instructional personnel licensed by the Board of Education."

"To provide flexibility in the provision of mathematics intervention services, school divisions may use the state Standards of Learning Algebra Readiness initiative funding provided from the Lottery Proceeds Fund and the required local matching funds to employ mathematics teacher specialists to provide the required mathematics intervention services. School divisions using the Standards of Learning Algebra Readiness initiative funding in this manner shall only employ instructional personnel licensed by the Board of Education."

The 2010 General Assembly also included language in Item 132 to provide temporary flexibility in regards to how school divisions apply some of the pupil-teacher staffing ratios contained in Standard 2 of the SOQ. Specifically, the language states:

"To provide temporary flexibility, notwithstanding any other provision in statute or in this Item, school divisions may elect to increase the teacher to pupil staffing ratios in kindergarten through grade 7 and English classes for grades 6 through twelve by one additional student; the teacher to pupil staffing ratio requirements for Elementary Resource teachers, Prevention, Intervention and Remediation, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, Career and Technical funded programs* are waived; and the instructional and support technology positions, librarians and guidance counselors staffing ratios for new hires are waived."

(*Please note that this flexibility can be exercised provided that all federal regulatory requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) for the career and technical funded programs continue to be met.)

I hope that you will find this information helpful. You can find the final legislative reports for the 2010 General Assembly session on the Department’s website at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/legislation/index.shtml.

Please contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2403 or by e-mail at policy@doe.virginia.gov, if you need additional information.

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Attachment:

  1. Code of Virginia – 2010 Standards of Quality (PDF)