April 7, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: State Funding Allocation for Information Technology Industry Certifications and Related Testing Preparation Resources Update

Amendments to the 2016-2018 biennial budget adopted by the 2017 General Assembly included an appropriation of $1.4 million to support students and teachers pursuing the Virginia Board of Education-approved information technology (IT) industry certifications for fiscal year 2017 (SY 2016-2017).  

The Virginia Department of Education negotiated a group purchase for the Microsoft Imagine Academy IT industry certifications for 365 high schools and career and technical centers that elected to participate.  All site licenses and products purchased under this negotiation have the same expiration date, December 1, 2017, which allows access to instructional and testing materials throughout the summer and fall.  

The group purchase includes the following Microsoft Imagine Academy and Certiport products and services:

Please note, all expenditures for the MOS examinations listed above are covered under the negotiated contract for participating high schools/centers and should not be included on requests for reimbursements. 

If you have any questions, please contact Judith P. Sams, Microsoft Imagine Academy Coordinator, at cte@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 786-4206. 

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