P.O. BOX 2120



March 30, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Collection of Data Relative to Compliance with the Standards of Quality and Other Certifications for 2006-2007


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 (SOQ). This requirement is in response to 22.1-18 of the Code of Virginia. The information required to prepare the majority of this report is not available to the Department of Education from other sources. The complete text of the current standards can be found on our website at:


As was the case with the 2005-2006 submission, the department will use an electronic data collection instrument, using the single sign-on for Web application systems (SSWS), to collect your compliance data. The following suggestions are offered that will help to expedite your collection and reporting of SOQ Compliance information:


  1. A contact person in your division reports certain school information through the School and Staff Administration Data Collection (School ID). To eliminate delays in entering SOQ Compliance data, please have your school and staff administration contact person ensure that the name and contact information have been entered for the SOQ Compliance contact person.


  1. If the school and staff administration contact person determines that information described above has been submitted incorrectly or that no information has been submitted, he or she must take the necessary steps to correct the information (using Web-based application directions provided in ADMINISTRATIVE Superintendents Memorandum No. 21, June 6, 2006) at least one day prior to entering data in the SOQ Compliance application.


As with other electronic data collection applications, anyone entering or reviewing SOQ Compliance data must have a login and password. Your school division SSWS account manager must assign a login and password to the following individuals:


1.     The SOQ Compliance contact person


2.     Any central office staff responsible for entering or reviewing data.


School divisions will be able to submit SOQ Compliance data to the departments database only if the above items are in place.


Additional information related to entering SOQ Compliance data:


  • SOQ Compliance information is entered through the SSWS SOQ Compliance application.
  • Instructions for answering questions and verification forms are available at the link below and through the SOQ Compliance application.
  • In all instances, corrective action plans that may be required for issues of noncompliance are embedded in the SOQ Compliance application for use as the data are entered.
  • The divisions data must be submitted via SSWS to the Department of Education no later than May 18, 2007, in the manner prescribed by the directions on the Web site.
  • After the division submits its data, the SOQ Compliance application window will lock. Superintendents needing to enter or correct data beyond that date must contact Michelle Vucci, director of policy, at (804) 225-2092, to regain access to the SOQ Compliance application. After all data have been entered, the system will generate a report of your responses in PDF format that you may print and keep for your records or that you may save to disk for future reference.
  • The first page of the report must be signed by the division superintendent and chairman of the school board, and submitted to the Office of Policy no later than May 29, 2007. Please do not send the entire report to the department.

Beginning with the 2006-2007 submission, all divisions will be asked to certify compliance with a new requirement passed by the 2006 General Assembly that is not part of the Standards of Quality. Section 22.1-295, Code of Virginia, requires that each local superintendent certify divisionwide compliance with the requirement that instructional personnel employed by local school boards who have achieved continuing contract status shall be evaluated not less than once every three years. Any instructional personnel, who have achieved continuing contract status and have received an unsatisfactory evaluation but who continue to be employed by the local school board shall be evaluated no later than one year after receiving such unsatisfactory evaluation and the evaluation will be maintained in the employees personnel file. Please note that this certification will not be included in the Boards annual report for 2007 because this requirement is not part of the Standards of Quality.


Also, beginning with the 2006-2007 submission, the department will be performing a data verification of your submission after it has been submitted and certified. The contact person for the SOQ compliance submission will be notified via e-mail later this year if there are any data discrepancies which need to be addressed. The department will work with any affected divisions to ensure that all data discrepancies are resolved prior to SOQ compliance information being included in the Board of Educations annual report for 2007.


If you have questions regarding this submission, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2092 or by e-mail to