COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
September 3, 2010
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
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 associated with those assessments. Special consideration should be given to students in subgroups whose graduation rate falls below that of the subgroup with the highest graduation rate in the school or school division. School divisions and regions should review their graduation data to justify a focus on particular subgroups.
Proposals can include remedial instruction for students in English reading and writing; mathematics; science; history and social science. To provide additional assistance to students with disabilities who are pursuing Modified Standard Diplomas, Academic Year Academy proposals that include remediation for students who need to meet the literacy and numeracy requirements of that diploma will be considered as well. 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.
Each Superintendents’ Regional Study Group may apply to receive a Project Graduation Academic Year Grant. 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.
The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal, including all required forms and signatures, and meeting the submission deadlines. The funds will be disbursed on a cost reimbursement basis. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A. Please note that the Project Graduation account is now funded from the Lottery Proceeds Fund as provided in Chapter 874, 2010 Appropriation Act. The Act also provides that the first deposit of the Lottery funds does not occur until about January 1 of each year. Consequently, due to the timeline of availability of Lottery funds each year, and Project Graduation funds being provided on a cost reimbursement basis, payments for the Project Graduation Academic Year Grant will not begin until spring 2011.
The Academy must focus on student instruction that is based on data derived from diagnostic instruments and previous assessment results for each student. 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. All Standards of Learning (SOL) tests administered to Project Graduation students must have the "Y-Code B" field populated within PEMSolutions.
If you have questions regarding this grant opportunity, please contact Tracy Fair Robertson, English coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 371-7585.