RD89 - Report of Individual Student Alternative Education Plan Program

Executive Summary:
The Individual Student Alternative Education Plan (ISAEP) program prepares secondary students to take the Tests of General Educational Development (GED) while developing career and technical education skills. Section 22.1-254 of the Code of Virginia authorizes local school boards to fulfill compulsory attendance requirements for individuals who are at least 16 years of age and enrolled in an ISAEP program that includes career guidance counseling, GED preparation, counseling on the economic impact of not completing high school, and procedures for re-enrollment.

During 2003-2004 school year:

• The Department of Education allocated $2,247,581 in grants to support ISAEP programs in school divisions. The grants ranged from $7,859 to $102,162.

• Technical assistance activities focused on increasing the use of technology to support assessment and instructional activities and effective counseling and transitional strategies for ISAEP students.

• School divisions reported that 5,071 students between 16 and 18 years of age qualified for an ISAEP and received ISAEP services. The percentage of 17 and 18 year old students with an ISAEP increased slightly, and some ISAEP programs reported serving students older than 18 years of age.

For additional information, contact the Office of Adult Education and Literacy, Virginia Department of Education, P. O.. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120, 804-225-2075.