P. O. BOX 2120
July 16, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Providing Copies of the Standards of Learning for Parents

  The Department of Education will assist school divisions in
  complying with the Standard of Accreditation,  8 VAC 20-131-270,
  School and Community Communications," by printing copies
  of the Standards of Learning, the state graduation
  requirements, and the testing schedule.  The Standard, found
  on page 24 of the Standards of Accreditation (SOA) booklet,
  requires local divisions to provide students, parents, or
  guardians with:

  *  E.2 "a copy of the Standards of Learning applicable to the
     child's grade or course requirements and the approximate
     date and potential impact of the child's next SOL testing"

  *  E.3 "annual notice to students at all grade levels of all
     requirements for Standard and Advanced Studies diplomas"

  If a local division has graduation requirements that exceed
  those of the state, it will be the division's responsibility
  to inform parents of these additional requirements.  It also
  will be the responsibility of each division to comply with SOA
  E.1, which requires that each school provide academic
  objectives to be achieved at the child's grade level, or, in
  high school, a copy of the syllabus for each child's courses.

  The materials from the Department of Education will be mailed
  to each school in time for distribution in the fall.  While
  details of this distribution have yet to be determined, notice
  of this service is being provided in recognition of the fact
  that some divisions may be planning to print multiple copies
  of the Standards of Learning for distribution to parents.  We
  hope to continue to provide this service annually.

  For additional information, please contact Jo Lynne DeMary,
  assistant superintendent for instruction, at (804) 225-3252.