P. O. BOX 2120
February 27, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne Demary, Assistant Superintenfdent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Title VI, Innovative Education Program Strategies, National Questionnaire

     Virginia is being asked to respond to a national
  questionnaire assessing the effectiveness of Title VI of the
  Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the
  Improving America's Schools Act of 1994.  Title VI provides
  flexible formula funding to all school divisions in the state
  to implement and support innovative education projects based
  on the needs of the school division and its schools.

     The purpose of the evaluation resulting from this
  questionnaire is to measure the overall impact of Title VI on
  the improvement of education, specifically on curriculum and
  instruction, on staff, and on students.  The data collected
  will be used to compile state and national reports that assess
  and describe the impact of the Title VI program for the school
  years 1995-96 and 1996-1997.
  States, divisions, and schools that receive the funds have an
  obligation to collect and report data that is sufficient to
  evaluate the program.

     Responses to the questionnaire are requested from the
  school division and each participating private school in the
  division.  A copy of the questionnaire and directions are
  enclosed and should be duplicated as needed.  Respondents
  should answer those sections and items that are applicable to
  the Title VI-funded grant activities.  The school division
  should collect and submit all questionnaires no later than
  April 10, 1998, to Mrs. Chancie Dunkley, Office of
  Compensatory Programs, Virginia Department of Education, P. O.
  Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.     

     If you have questions or need further information, please
  contact George H, Irby, Sr., Director of Compensatory Programs
  at (804) 225-2869, or the program specialist assigned to your
  school division. 


  Enclosure:   A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.