P. O. BOX 2120

March 10, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Awards for Expanded GED Testing Services

 The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce grants to be awarded for 
partial reimbursement of expenditures made by local school divisions in the following 
categories:  (1) establishment of satellite GED test centers in non-served school 
divisions, (2) expansion of test services in areas with waiting lists, and 
(3) expansion of statewide access in current sites.  These funds are authorized 
under financial assistance for Compulsory School Attendance; General Educational 
Development Testing provisions of the 1999 Virginia General Assembly.  A description
of how funds are to be allocated by category including a list of eligible recipients 
is provided.  These grant funds may be used for the purchase of GED test batteries,
 to pay test examiners' wages and benefits, to increase the frequency of testing 
sessions, or costs associated with operating a satellite test center.

Establishment of satellite GED test centers in non-served school divisions	$65,000

Ten awards of $5,000 each and five awards of $3,000 each will be made to current 
test centers planning to establish satellite test centers in non-served localities 
or to school divisions proposing to establish a new test center.  To qualify for a 
$5,000 award, a minimum of 350 students must be tested. To qualify for a $3,000 
award, a minimum of 200 students must be tested.  

Expanded access in areas with waiting lists		                        $30,000

Five awards of $3,000 each and ten awards of $1,500 each will be made to GED test 
centers with waiting lists.  These include Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Prince 
William County, Arlington County, Wise County, Lee County, Tazewell County, 
Washington County, Wythe County, Pulaski County, Montgomery County, Henry County, 
Alexandria City, Roanoke City Schools; Buchanan County Vocational School; Galax High 
School; and Danville Adult Learning Center.  To qualify for a $3,000 award, a 
minimum of 200 additional students must be tested.  To qualify for a $1,500 award, 
a minimum of 100 additional students must be tested.  

Expanded access in current test sites			                        $36,000

Twelve awards of $3,000 each will awarded to any established GED test center for 
the purpose of increasing the number of examinees.  Priority will be given to 
Chesapeake City, Hampton City, Norfolk City, Virginia Beach City, Portsmouth City, 
and Newport News City Schools.  To qualify for an award in this category, a center 
must expect to increase the number of students by 250. 

To assist in establishing a new GED test center or amending an existing test center
contract, copies of GED rules and regulations governing these issues are attached.  
Also attached are copies of the forms necessary to complete your program application
and a copy of "Instructions for Preparing Program Proposal" and "Reimbursement for 
General Educational Development Testing Program."

Please submit your proposal no later than April 21, 2000.  The proposal should be 
submitted to Dr. Neils W. Brooks, director, Vocational and Adult Education Services,
 Virginia Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Becky Marable, grants 
manager, (804) 225-2850 or Bob MacGillivray, GED administrator, (804) 371-2333.