Superintendent’s Memo #133-16

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

May 27, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Change in Project Graduation Funding Allocation Process Effective with Fiscal Year 2017

Each year since 2003, the General Assembly has provided over $2.7 million in Project Graduation funding to provide grants to partnering or individual school divisions to assist students in meeting graduation requirements.  Project Graduation remediation activities must address the needs of students who have received passing grades for standard credit-bearing course(s) but failed the required Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment needed to verify credit(s) to complete their diploma requirements. Project Graduation activities must include remedial instruction for students in Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, English: Reading, English: Writing, science, and/or history.

With the implementation of new standards and assessments with increased rigor, the demand for funding from school divisions has consistently increased.  In an effort to serve all targeted students in Virginia’s public schools and reduce administrative requirements necessary to access the grant funding, Project Graduation will shift from application-based grant funding to formula-based funding beginning in fiscal year 2017.  This change benefits students and school divisions by:

The revised funding method for each school division incorporates multiple factors including:

Project Graduation funding is provided through Lottery proceeds, which are available by January of each year.  Beginning in fiscal year 2017, school division formula allocations will be paid on a recurring basis twice monthly between January and June each year. 

Appropriate Project Graduation expenditures include:

Attachment A to this memorandum includes Project Graduation funding allocations by school division for fiscal year 2017.

All SOL tests administered to students participating in Project Graduation remediation programs must have the “Project Graduation” field populated within the PearsonAccess system. 

Further program information and guidelines are included on the Project Graduation Web site.

If you have additional program questions, please contact Kim Powell, grants and reports manager, Office of Science and Health Education, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 225-3609; or Michael Bolling, director, Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools, by e-mail at or by telephone at (804) 786-6418.



  1. Fiscal Year 2017 Project Graduation Funding Allocations (PDF)