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Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program

Item 128 #1h

Item 128 #1h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Education
Department of Education, Central Office Operations FY2019 $275,000 FY2020 $275,000 GF

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Page 102, line 38, strike "$19,490,887" and insert "$19,765,887".
Page 102, line 38, strike "$19,490,887" and insert "$19,765,887".

Page 103, line 50, after "H.", insert "a."

Page 103, after line 53, insert:

"b. The Department of Education shall coordinate with the University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning to ensure that all school divisions shall be required to have their kindergarten students assessed during the school year using the multi-dimensional kindergarten readiness assessment model no later than by the end of the school year 2018-2019, and annually thereafter. All school divisions shall be required to have their kindergarten students assessed with such model.

c. Further, out of this appropriation, $100,000 the first year and $100,000 the second year from the general fund shall be allocated to University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning to provide training to school divisions annually on how to effectively use Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program data to improve instructional practices and student learning. Such teacher focused professional development and training shall be prioritized for the school divisions that would most benefit from state assistance in order to provide more time for classroom instruction and student learning.  

d. The Department and the University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning shall use the results of the multi-dimensional Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program assessments to determine how well the Virginia Preschool Initiative promotes readiness in all key developmental domains assessed.  The Department shall submit such findings to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 1, 2019, and annually thereafter."



Explanation

(This amendment provides $275,000 the first year and $275,000 the second year from the general fund for the Department of Education to coordinate with UVA CASTL to implement a statewide assessment of all kindergarten students using the VKRP assessment model and to provide appropriate annual training and professional development to kindergarten teachers. Language requires all school divisions to have all kindergartners participate in the assessments each year.)