2018 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Floor Approved)

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VA Preschool Initiative - Classroom Observation Instrument

Item 136 #11s

Item 136 #11s

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $250,000 FY2020 $250,000 GF

Page 115, line 10, strike "$6,943,460,098" and insert "$6,943,710,098".
Page 115, line 10, strike "$7,035,917,306" and insert "$7,036,167,306".

Page 139, after line 2, insert:

"h. The Department of Education shall require and ensure that all Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom programs have the quality of their teacher-child interactions assessed through a rigorous and research-based observation instrument at least once every two years.  All classrooms shall be observed no later than June 30, 2020.

The department shall establish a minimum acceptable threshold for the quality of the teacher-child interactions for the VPI classrooms, and classrooms that are assessed below the threshold will receive additional technical assistance from the department.  The department shall establish the initial threshold(s) no later than the beginning of the 2018-19 school year."


(This amendment provides $250,000 GF each year and requires the Department of Education to conduct classroom observations and develop appropriate assessments to determine the quality of all VPI classrooms.)