Superintendent’s Memo #158-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 22, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) Program Application for 2012-2013

The Virginia Department of Education will make available $2,247,581 in the fiscal year 2012-2013 to school divisions with Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) programs, as set forth in the Code of Virginia §22.1-254.D, and approved by the American Council on Education as a GED® Option Program.  It is the Virginia Department of Education’s goal that all local education agencies participate in the ISAEP program.  Funds will provide services for students 16 years of age and older who meet program provisions established in the Code of Virginia and by the guidelines of the Virginia Board of Education.  The Board of Education’s ISAEP program guidelines may be found at

Legislative changes enacted during the 2012 General Assembly session will impact ISAEP programs beginning with the 2012-2013 program year. Beginning July 1, 2012, all students enrolled in an ISAEP program must be enrolled in a program to earn a Board of Education-approved career and technical education credential and successfully complete the course in economics and personal finance required to earn a Board of Education-approved high school diploma in addition to preparing for and taking the GED® Tests. These additional requirements must be successfully completed prior to the students’ completion of the ISAEP program.

The application packet for ISAEP funds, which includes the 2012-2013 allocations for school divisions, may be found on the Office of Adult Education and Literacy’s (OAEL) Web site at Your application must be received by OAEL by 2 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), July 16, 2012.  Please see the application packet for specific instructions about the submission of application materials.  School divisions will be notified of funding awards after receipt and approval of program applications.  If no program is planned, write your school division’s name and code, as well as the words “NO PROGRAM IS PLANNED,” on the face of the cover sheet that is included in the appendix of the application packet.

Hard copy submissions of the application materials should be returned to:

Physical Address
Melissa Dixon, Finance and Planning Assistant
Office of Adult Education & Literacy
James Monroe Building, 21st Floor
101 North 14th Street                  
Richmond, VA 23219
Mailing Address
Cynthia Finley, Finance and Planning Manager
Office of Adult Education & Literacy
Virginia Department of Education    
P.O. Box 2120                               
Richmond, VA 23218-2120

If you have questions or need additional program information, please contact Dr. Michael Nusbaum, specialist, via e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 786-7644.  For questions regarding fiscal issues, please contact Cynthia Finley, finance and planning manager, via e-mail at, or by telephone at (804) 225-2850.