ESEA FLEXIBILITY INFORMATION FROM STATE SUPERINTENDENT PATRICIA I. WRIGHT
March 14, 2014
Opportunity to Comment on Additional Amendment to Virginia’s Application for a One-Year Extension of Waivers from Certain Requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA)
On February 12, 2014, the Virginia Department of Education shared an update regarding Virginia’s application for a one-year extension of waivers from certain requirements of ESEA (ESEA flexibility). A copy of the Superintendent’s E-mail is attached (Attachment A). As described in the attachment, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Virginia to implement ESEA flexibility for two school years – 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. In November 2013, USED invited states to submit a request for a one-year extension of ESEA flexibility for 2014-2015. States must submit extension requests to USED by February 28, 2014, or within 60 days of receipt of the ESEA flexibility Part B monitoring report, and include responses to the monitoring report, if applicable. In anticipation of submitting an extension request, the February 12 Superintendent’s E-mail shared details of a significant amendment to its ESEA flexibility plan the state will submit with its extension request.
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Virginia received a final report resulting from USED’s September 30, 2014, Part B monitoring of the state’s implementation of flexibility. A copy of the report is attached (Attachment B). The report contains two findings, one related to the timeline for replacing principals in priority schools and the other related to report card data elements. In other notes in the monitoring report, USED requests that Virginia clarify its data collection requirements for school division educator evaluation systems and describe the process the state will use to monitor implementation of such systems. Virginia’s official responses to the monitoring report must be submitted with the state’s request for a one-year extension of ESEA flexibility. Responses to the two aforementioned findings will be submitted in a separate monitoring response document; however, Virginia’s response to the educator evaluation item must be addressed in the state’s amended flexibility application. Below is a summary of Virginia’s proposed response to the educator evaluation system item.
Continued Support and Monitoring for Educator Evaluation Systems
As described in the state’s currently approved ESEA flexibility application, Virginia will continue to annually collect:
- Through the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Collection Survey (TPEC Survey), information and certifications from all school divisions on their implementation of the Board’s Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers and Principals; and
- Through the School Improvement Grant (SIG)-TPEC Survey, the following data from all SIG schools: 1) the number of teachers rated at each summative rating level by school; and 2) the number of principals rated at each summative rating level aggregated to the division level.
Additional Support and Monitoring for Educator Evaluation Systems – Beginning in the 2014-2015 School Year
In an effort to provide additional assistance to the state’s lowest-performing schools, and to ensure highly effective teachers and principals are working with students most in need of academic support, Virginia will require all priority schools to submit the same detailed evaluation data submitted by SIG schools. As well, the Title II, Part A, federal program monitoring protocol will be revised to include questions related to the implementation of the educator evaluation system and the extent to which school divisions are using data from evaluations to inform professional development and educator support efforts. Together, these additional efforts will allow the state to target guidance on evaluation systems for optimal impact on lowest-performing schools and meaningful use of evaluation data for a transformative effect on teaching and learning.
The Virginia Department of Education welcomes comments on the proposed additional support and monitoring for educator evaluation systems. Comments may be submitted electronically by Tuesday, March 25, to ESEA@doe.virginia.gov. Comments may also be presented during one of the following public meetings:
Board of Education Committee on School and Division Accountability
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Board of Education Business Meeting
Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 9 a.m.
Both meetings will convene in the Jefferson Conference Room, 22nd floor, James Monroe Building, 101 N. 14th Street, Richmond, Virginia. Speakers intending to present comment at either meeting above are encouraged to contact Melissa Luchau, director of Board relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to be placed on the speaker list.
Virginia Board of Education Final Review of ESEA Flexibility Extension Request and Submission to USED
On Thursday, March 27, 2014, the Board will receive for final review Virginia’s amended ESEA flexibility application, which will include the amendment outlined in Attachment A and the educator evaluation amendment described above. The full Board item and application will be accessible at the following link prior to the meeting date: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/meetings/index.shtml. Following the Board’s final review of the amended application, Virginia will submit to USED a one-year extension of ESEA flexibility along with the amended application and response to monitoring findings.
General comments or questions regarding Virginia’s revised ESEA flexibility application or the ESEA flexibility extension process may be submitted to ESEA@doe.virginia.gov.