Superintendent's Memo #272-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 12, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: School Division Grant Competition

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) was recently awarded a longitudinal data systems grant from the United States Department of Education (USED). One of the highlights of the grant is funds for a competitive grant program for Virginia public school divisions. As the grant program is related to the data priorities of the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF), please make your data managers and accountability specialists aware of this opportunity.

The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) will conduct all aspects of the competitive grant program.

Key Dates in the grant program timeline are:

November 15, 2010 – Web site opens for grant submissions.
The grant application and reporting form are located on the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) Web site at

November 17, 2010 10 a.m. to noon – Informational webinar:
Register at,
Webinar ID 664-992-553.

November 18, 2010 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Informational webinar is repeated:
Register at,
Webinar ID 545-344-440.

Attendees need to dial 1-866-842-5779 and use access code 8042252951 for both webinars. The webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

February 28, 2011 – Submission period ends.

March 31, 2011 – Announcement of Awards.

April 1, 2011 through June 30, 2013 – Awards period.

Eligible applicants must demonstrate a need for new, modified, or enhanced data systems to enable the school division to meet one or more data requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) efficiently.

In summary, the ARRA data requirements are:

For more information on the longitudinal data systems grant, please contact Bethann Canada at 804-225-2951 or via e-mail at For more information on the School Division Grant Competition, please contact Vickie McCrary at 804-225-2827, or via e-mail at