Superintendent’s Memo #301-13

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

November 8, 2013

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Invitation to Attend Workgroup Meetings for the Statewide Data Needs Assessment

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) and the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) are conducting a statewide needs assessment to determine the data practices, requirements, and needs of Virginia’s school divisions.  The statewide needs assessment will employ multiple methods of soliciting input from a variety of stakeholders including educators, administrators, central office personnel, parents, policymakers, state personnel, university contacts and others via workgroup meetings, one-on-one interviews, and online surveys. A key component of this process is a series of workgroup meetings where stakeholders will learn more about the process and provide feedback that will serve as the foundation in the development of an action plan for how VDOE will support the divisions with regards to their data needs.

You or your representatives are invited to attend any of the following meetings. Please RSVP by November 27, 2013, at:

Monday, December 2, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Old Dominion University
4211 Monarch Way (Building 2)
Norfolk, VA 23508

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
John Tyler Community College
Community College Workforce Alliance, Nicholas Center
Room N102A
13101 Jefferson Davis Highway
Chester, VA 23831

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Germanna Community College – Fredericksburg Campus
Workforce & Technology Building (please note, building located behind the first Germanna Building)
Room 105B
10000 Germanna Point Dr.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Thursday, December 5, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
James Madison University
Memorial Hall (former Harrisonburg High School)
Hiner Room (Room 2110)
395 S. High St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801

Friday, December 6, 2013
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Radford University
Location TBD
Radford, VA 24141

For more information on the Data Needs Assessment, please contact Bethann Canada in the Office of Educational Information Management at (804) 225-2951, or via e-mail to