Division of School Quality, Equity, and Instruction
Division of School Quality, Equity, and Instruction – Gena Keller, Acting Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff
The Division of School Quality, Equity, and Instruction leads the Department’s strategic initiatives to advance equitable student outcomes and comprehensive school quality. Through tailored support to schools, the division implements Virginia’s continuous school quality and improvement interventions. Additionally, the division leads the Department’s efforts aimed at advancing equity, closing achievement gaps, coordinating stakeholder engagement, and managing external communications and outreach strategies. Finally, the division is responsible for supporting the implementation of Virginia’s Standards of Learning, strengthening curriculum resources, supporting best practices in pedagogy and providing technical assistance to teachers and schools.
Chief Information Security Officer – Brian Gibbs-Wilson
The Chief Information Security Officer develops, manages, and maintains the agency’s information technology (IT) security program in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia's IT security policies and standards. Responsibilities of the Chief Information Security Officer include: building a strong interactive partnership with school divisions in the area of IT security and assisting them in the development and implementation of IT security guidelines, plans, procedures and best practice recommendations.
Department of Student Assessment and ESEA Programs – Shelley Loving-Ryder, Assistant Superintendent
The Department of Student Assessment and ESEA Programs manages test development, administration, scoring, and reporting of results for the various statewide assessment programs. These programs currently include the Standards of Learning testing program, the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program, the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program, the Virginia Grade Level Alternative, and the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The department also promotes increased student learning and achievement by assisting schools and school divisions in the implementation of effective instructional strategies and best practices.
Department of Special Education and Student Services – Doug Cox, Interim Assistant Superintendent
The Department of Special Education and Student Services provides technical expertise and leadership in the areas of professional development, parental involvement, and the interpretation of federal and state initiatives, policies, regulations and guidelines. The department provides workshops and other training opportunities for educators and works collaboratively with public and private agencies, associations, foundations, and consortia to address educational needs and concerns. The department provides technical assistance regarding laws and regulations, federal IDEA monitoring and accountability, due process procedures and hearings, interagency agreements (such as the Comprehensive Services Act), school health programs, Medicaid reporting and parent information programs.
Department of Learning – Gena Keller, Acting Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Staff/Assistant Superintendent
The Department of Learning assists local school divisions in the design and implementation of instructional programs with emphasis on the implementation of high academic standards designed to increase student achievement. The department provides technical expertise and leadership in the areas of professional development, parental involvement, positive educational environments, and the interpretation of federal and state initiatives, policies, regulations and guidelines. The department provides workshops and other training opportunities for educators and works collaboratively with public and private agencies, associations, foundations, and consortia to address educational needs and concerns.
Department email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Policy – Dr. Cynthia Cave, Assistant Superintendent
The mission of the Department of Policy is to assist the Virginia Board of Education, the governor and the General Assembly in the development of legislation, regulations, and policies that promote student learning and achievement and to provide timely and accurate information about public education in the commonwealth. Department staff serve as liaison to the Board, and support the Board in promoting education reform. The department monitors federal policies and refers them to other divisions for oversight. The department maintains working relationships with the news media, educational organizations, and school divisions to ensure timely distributing of accurate information concerning the Board of Education policies and the Agency actions.
Department email: email@example.com
Department of Data – Vacant, Assistant Superintendent
The Department of Data is responsible for conducting objective analyses and scientifically-sound research in support of the agency’s strategic goals and objectives, developing and maintaining the department's computer applications, administering the department's database, reporting educational information collected by the department, and calculating and reporting state and federal accountability results. This department is responsible for ensuring compliance with state and federal reporting requirements and supporting the agency’s and public’s use of data and research.