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Agency
Department of Education
 
Board
State Board of Education
 
chapter
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
 
Action:
Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
Action 4019 / Stage 6799
Proposed Stage  
Documents
red ball Proposed Text 4/16/2014  9:28 am  
pdf Agency Statement (modified 10/28/2013)    
pdf Time Waiver Request 3/18/2014    
pdf Attorney General Certification 4/14/2014    
pdf DPB Economic Impact Analysis 5/30/2014    
pdf Agency Response to EIA 6/2/2014    

Status
Withdrawn 12/5/14
 
Reason: The Virginia Board of Education is withdrawing the proposed stage of its comprehensive review of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20 131). The Board originally approved the proposed stage October 24, 2013, and the action has been undergoing executive review since. In the meantime, the General Assembly approved legislation related to accountability and accreditation, including eliminating five Standards of Learning assessments, moving towards local alternative assessments, and modifications to the A-F grading system, among others. Further, the Standards of Learning Innovation Committee was created and charged with providing the Board of Education and General Assembly with suggestions on changes to the SOL assessments, authentic individual student growth measures, alignment between the Standards of Learning and assessment, and ideas on innovative teaching in the classroom. Finally, the Board has articulated its intention to explore revisions to the state accreditation system. The Board will be studying whether and how to incorporate growth, acknowledge progress in closing the achievement gaps, create additional gradations of accreditation, provide multiple-year accreditation designs, and increase flexibility for high-performing schools, as well as other appropriate factors. Given the myriad of factors influencing the Board’s revisions to the state accreditation system, the Board intends to propose amendments at a future date, with consideration of the actions and recommendations of the General Assembly, SOL Innovations Committee, and its own wishes for multiple criteria for accreditation. The Board intends the move forward with amendments to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia in 2015.
Exempt from APA No, this stage/action is subject to article 2 of the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Attorney General Review Submitted on 11/13/2013
 
Review Completed: 4/14/2014
 
Result: Certified
 
DPB Review Submitted on 4/15/2014
Review Completed: 5/30/2014
DPB's policy memo is "Governor's Confidential Working Papers"
Secretary Review Stage withdrawn on 12/5/2014 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
Governor's Review Not yet submitted
Virginia Registrar Not yet submitted
Comment Period No comment period will occur since the stage has been withdrawn.
 
Contact Information
Name / Title: Dr. Cynthia Cave  / Assistant Superintendent, Polcy and Communications
Address: Department of Education
P.O. Box 2120
Richmond, VA 23218-2120
Email Address: Cynthia.Cave@doe.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)225-2092    FAX: (804)225-2524    TDD: ()-
 
This person is the primary contact for this chapter.
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Action 4019:
Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
 
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage Type Status
NOIRA   (6658) Stage complete. Comment period ended 9/11/2013.
Proposed   (6799) Stage withdrawn on 12/5/2014 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
Proposed   (7814) Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/6/2017.
Final   (8092) Final Adoption period is underway and will end on 1/10/2018.
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