Superintendent's Memo #014-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 21, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Public Comment & Public Hearing on the Proposed Revisions to the Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education

The Board of Education is in the process of revising its Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education in Virginia. The proposed revisions to the regulations will be published on January 31, 2011, in the Virginia Register of Regulations, Volume 27, Issue 11.

A comprehensive review of the Regulations Governing Career and Technical Education in Virginia has been conducted. The regulations have been examined in their entirety, including the requirements for general provisions, administration of career and technical education programs, and operation of career and technical education programs.

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 has expanded to include student attainment of career and technical skill proficiencies, including student achievement on technical assessments, that are aligned with industry-recognized standards. Virginia has identified a combination of student competency achievement (existing requirement) with attainment of an industry credential as approved by the Virginia Board of Education. State and federal funds are available to assist school divisions in meeting this requirement. Another substantive addition is the infusion of Career Clusters and Pathways into Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructional programs and the use of Program/Plans of Study and/or the Academic and Career Plan to map out students' courses of study based on career assessment and career investigation. All other changes are an inclusion of regulations from other regulatory documents that had not been included in the past, clarifications of existing regulations, and updating wording to reflect current state and federal terminology. The full text of the proposed revisions to the Career and Technical Education Regulations is available on the Department of Education's Web site at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/instruction/career_technical/administration/index.shtml#regulations. Proposed deletions to regulatory language are indicated by strikethroughs and additions to language are underlined.

Public comment will be taken from January 31, 2011, through April 4, 2011. Written comments must include the name and address of the commenter to be considered, and must be received by the last day of the public comment period.

Public comments may be posted on the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/Forums.cfm, or submitted by U. S. mail, e-mail, or fax. Please send comments to Lolita B. Hall, Director, Office of Career and Technical Education, Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia, 23218-2120, by e-mail at LB.Hall@doe.virginia.gov, by fax at 804-530-4560, or by phone at 804-225-2051.

A public hearing will be held to solicit comments on the proposed regulations after the March 24, 2011, Virginia Board of Education meeting (approximately 11 a.m.) in the James Monroe Office Building, 101 N. 14th Street, 22nd Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Registration of speakers will be begin immediately following the Board meeting. Speakers will have three minutes to speak and should bring copies of their comments for the Board.

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