P. O. BOX 2120
February 16, 1996


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Status of V-QUEST Funding

  I am writing to inform you of the funding status of
  Virginia's statewide systemic initiative for mathematics and
  science, known as Virginia Quality Education in Sciences and
  Technology (V-QUEST).  Since 1992, Virginia has received $2
  million annually from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  to support quality mathematics and science education for all
  students.  This initiative is aimed at aligning all elements
  of education with the state standards for mathematics and
  science.  A central component of the program has been the
  training of lead teachers at the elementary and middle
  school levels.  Funds have also been used to develop and
  implement models for inservicing secondary teachers, develop
  prototype classroom assessments aligned with the Standards
  of Learning, infuse technology into instruction, increase
  community and administrative support for mathematics and
  science, and restructure undergraduate mathematics and
  science courses.
  The plan submitted to NSF for school year 1995-1996 called
  for expanding the V-QUEST program by working statewide
  through the Superintendent's Regional Study Groups.  The
  regional plan ensured that all school divisions would have
  an opportunity to participate in the V-QUEST program; over
  $175,000 was budgeted for each of the eight regions to use
  in support of implementing the Standards of Learning.  To
  date, NSF has not approved funds to continue the V-QUEST
  program.  We have been informed that additional V-QUEST
  funds are in jeopardy.
  I reassure you of Virginia's commitment to working with NSF
  to come to a mutually acceptable plan for proceeding with
  this program.  I appreciate your active support as we work
  to address the critical needs of Virginia's students.  If
  you have questions concerning the V-QUEST program, please
  call Michael Werner, Program Manager, at (804) 225-2929.