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For Immediate Release
April 14, 2004
Contact: Charles Pyle/DOE
(804) 371-2420
Julie Grimes/DOE
(804) 225-2775

School Divisions Prepare for Academic Reviews
Board of Education President to Visit Lee County April 15, Superintendent of Public Instruction to Visit Petersburg April 21

Two public school divisions — Lee County and Petersburg City — will meet with state education officials in the coming days to begin an academic review process designed to assist low-performing school divisions increase educational performance of students in their schools.

Board of Education President Thomas M. Jackson, Jr., will meet with the Lee County School Board on Thursday, April 15, for an informational session and to schedule dates for a Virginia Department of Education (DOE) academic review team to conduct an on-site visit. Superintendent of Public Instruction Jo Lynne DeMary will subsequently hold a similar meeting with the Petersburg City School Board on Wednesday, April 21. Both meetings are open to the public.

During each division’s on-site visit, the academic review team will review school curriculum and data, conduct interviews with staff, observe school and division practices, determine compliance with the state’s Standards of Quality, and provide essential actions the division must take to increase student achievement within the division.

Following the on-site visit, the academic review team will prepare a report of its findings. These findings will be the basis of a corrective action plan developed by the participating school division’s board and will include specific activities, changes or modifications, and timelines that will be implemented at the division level. This plan will become part of the division’s Six-Year Plan required by the Standards of Quality.

Lee County and Petersburg City school leaders had requested the division-wide academic reviews, which are similar to reviews the DOE currently performs on schools that are on the commonwealth’s academic warning list.