P.O. BOX 2120




March 18, 2005




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Collection of Data Relative to Compliance with the Standards of Quality for 2004-2005


Each year as a part of the annual report to the General Assembly on the condition and needs of public education in Virginia, the Board of Education is required to report the level of compliance by local school boards with the requirements of the Standards of Quality. This requirement is in response to Section 22.1-18 of the Code of Virginia. The information required to prepare this report is not available to the Department of Education from other sources.


You will recall that the 2004 General Assembly adopted a number of revisions to the standards. Because there have been a number of additions and changes to the standards, please carefully review the standards and the indicators (a list of standards indicators, Attachment B, is enclosed for your reference), and report on Attachment A your division's level of compliance with the standards, which include full accreditation of all schools. You may also want to review Regulatory Supts. Memo. No. 5, June 18, 2004 ( relating to changes in the staffing standards. You can expect to see additional changes as a result of actions taken by this years General Assembly as well as additional reporting requirements in the coming years. The complete text of the current standards can be found on our website at


For each item listed on Attachment A with which your division is not in full compliance, please provide a brief corrective action plan for complying with the requirement and the projected date by which you will submit evidence of compliance to the department. Department staff will use your submission as a benchmark for monitoring compliance in the following year to ensure that all corrective actions have been addressed. The purpose of collecting this information is not only to report accurate information to the Board of Education and the General Assembly, but also to assist you in your efforts to comply with all applicable standards. Please return Attachment A with any required corrective action plans as indicated on or before April 29, 2005.


If you have questions regarding this request, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2403 or by e-mail to