Superintendent’s Memo #171-14

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

June 27, 2014

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  2013-2014 Data Collection: Standards of Quality Compliance and Other Miscellaneous Reporting Requirements

Each year, in response to § 22.1-18 of the Code of Virginia, the annual report to the General Assembly on the condition and needs of public education in Virginia includes the level of local school board compliance with the Standards of Quality (SOQ) and other legal and regulatory requirements.  This memo describes this year’s process for collecting the information needed from each local school division.

The 2013-2014 data collection through the Single Sign-On for Web-based Systems (SSWS) “SOQ Compliance” application will be available beginning Monday, June 30, 2014.  All school divisions must complete data submission via SSWS portal no later than August 1, 2014.

Helpful information for the 2013-2014 SOQ Compliance data collection process:

This year, Department of Education staff members have worked to improve the efficiency of the data collection, to ensure the information collected is not duplicated in other sources, and to streamline the reporting process wherever possible.  We hope that you find the changes helpful as you complete the report, and we welcome your feedback.  If you would be willing to participate in a discussion group to help suggest additional improvements for next year’s data collection, please send an e-mail to  If you have questions regarding the 2013-2014 SOQ Compliance data collection, please contact the Office of Policy at (804) 225-2092 or



  1. Data Collection Components (PDF)