Superintendent’s Memo #207-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 17, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) Flexibility Waivers – Certain Requirements for Schools Not Meeting Annual Measurable Objectives

Virginia, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) flexibility waiver granted on June 29, 2012, has established annual measurable objectives (AMOs) designed to reduce proficiency gaps between high- and low-performing schools within six years.

Per the provisions of the ESEA flexibility waiver, schools that do not meet the AMOs for subgroups must develop and implement improvement plans.  The plans should focus specifically on the interventions for those students at risk of not passing a Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment including English language learners (ELL) and students with disabilities.

The flexibility waiver provisions specify different requirements for Title I and non-Title I schools with subgroups not meeting AMOs.  Information about the requirements and support that will be provided by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) appears below.

Title I schools with subgroups not meeting AMOs

Non-Title I schools with subgroups not meeting AMOs

On September 12, 2012, the OSI will send out a link to identify specific school division staff who should receive future correspondence regarding information for focus, priority, or Title I schools that are required to write an improvement plan.  Until that time, please direct this e-mail to pertinent staff in your division.  If you need further information about the requirements to create school improvement plans, please contact Dr. Susan FitzPatrick, specialist, Office of School Improvement, at (804) 225-2897 or by e-mail to