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Virginia Preschool Initiative: Classroom Observations

Item 136 #5h

Item 136 #5h

First Year - FY2019 Second Year - FY2020
Education
Direct Aid to Public Education FY2019 $350,000 FY2020 $350,000 GF

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Page 115, line 10, strike "$6,943,460,098" and insert "$6,943,810,098".
Page 115, line 10, strike "$7,035,917,306" and insert "$7,036,267,306".

Page 139, after line 2, insert:

"h. Out of this appropriation, $350,000 the first year and $350,000 the second year from the general fund is provided through the Department of Education to the University of Virginia to ensure that all Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom programs have the quality of their teacher-child interactions assessed through a rigorous and research-based classroom observational instrument at least once every two years using the CLASS observational instrument for such assessment. All classrooms shall be observed no later than June 30, 2020. The University of Virginia, with input from the Department of Education and the use of its detailed plan for such assessments, shall establish a statewide minimum acceptable threshold for the quality of teacher-child interactions for Virginia Preschool Initiative classroom programs, and classrooms that are assessed below the threshold will receive additional technical assistance from the Department of Education and the University of Virginia. The threshold should be established with the assistance of University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, using a rigorous and research-based classroom observational instrument. The threshold shall be established no later than the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year and the classroom assessments shall begin no later than October 15, 2018.  The University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning shall submit a progress report on such classroom observations to the Chairmen of House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than June 30, 2019, and annually thereafter."



Explanation

(This amendment provides $350,000 each year from the general fund and requires the University of Virginia and the Department of Education to conduct classroom observations and develop appropriate assessments to determine the quality of all VPI classrooms by the end of the 2019-2020 school year.)