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Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
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Chapter Information
Description The purpose of these regulations is to define the requirements for accrediting public schools in Virginia. Section 22.1-19 of the Code of Virginia requires that the Board of Education "... provide for the accreditation of public elementary, middle, and high schools in accordance with standards prescribed by it." Further, the Standards of Quality for Public Schools in Virginia (SOQ), in ' 22.1-253.13:3.F of the Code of Virginia, requires that local school boards "... maintain schools which meet the standards of accreditation prescribed by the Board of Education." The Board announced its intent to amend the accrediting standards in the spring of 1999. In April 1999 invited officials from other states with similar accountability models as well as experts in the area of standards setting and accountability to meet and discuss performance-based accountability for students and schools. A series of public hearings were held in May 1999. Subsequent meetings were held with division superintendents and principals to gather input for potential revisions that would clarify the accountability requirements for schools. The first proposed revisions were adopted by the Board in October 1999, followed by additional public hearings in November 1999. Following extensive public comment, further changes to the proposed revisions have been drafted and are being released for additional public comment. These changes further refine the requirements related to accountability at the student level, student recognition, and public school accreditation.
State Authority Section ,22.1-253.13 Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation To be determined.
Meetings

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)225-2403    FAX: (804)225-2524    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
None

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Revisions to comport with legislation approved in the 1999 and 2012-2015 General Assembly Sessions Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/8/2015.
Update to comport with legislative changes made by HB 1061 and SB 489 (2012) (diploma requirements) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/3/2014.
Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation Proposed Stage withdrawn on 12/5/2014 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
Update to Comport with Legislative Changes Made by HB 1215 (2012) Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 9/25/2015.
Update to Comport with Legislative Changes Made by HB 96 (2012) Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/29/2012.
Amendments to reflect changes due to legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/31/2011.
Amendment: legislation enacted 2010 General Assembly re:graduation requirement waivers Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 8/3/2011.
Exempt Action: Delayed effective date pursuant to Code Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/15/2010.
Comprehensive review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/7/2006.
Final Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/28/2000.
Exempt Action: Delayed effective date pursuant to Code -

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
2007-2008 revisions Final Stage withdrawn on 8/18/2011 after submission to the Registrar.