Superintendent's Memo #217-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 7, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2009-2010 NCLB Other Academic Indicator Selection
DUE DATE: August 31, 2009

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has approved an amendment to Virginia's Consolidated State Application to allow school divisions to choose attendance, science, history, or writing as the "other academic indicator" for adequate yearly progress (AYP) for the division and for each school that does not have a graduating class. This amendment is acceptable by USED if the choice is made prior to the start of the school year so schools will have a clear objective to pursue.

For a school to make AYP under NCLB, all schools that do not have a graduating class must meet the participation rate and the annual measurable performance objectives for reading and mathematics, plus their selected other academic indicator. The choice of attendance, science, history, or writing as the other academic indicator also will apply to the "safe harbor" AYP calculation.

School divisions may declare their choice of "other academic indicator" for the 2009-2010 school year through the Educational Registry Application (ERA). Staff members responsible for selecting the indicator should contact the Single Sign-On for Web Systems(SSWS) Account Manager to gain access to this application.

Please make your choice of attendance, science, history, or writing using ERA and fax the signed verification to (804)786-0101 no later than August 31, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Educational Applications at or (804) 786-3112 (menu option 4).

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