|Action||Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation|
|Comment Period||Ends 9/11/2013|
Amendments to the SOA (8 VAC 20-131)
8VAC20-131, Student Acheivement Expecations: allowing students in grades 3 =-8 to take expedited retakes of an SOL test has been needed for some time. This change should be a high priority in the budget.
Requirements for remediation are sound however, the requirements necessitates funding.
8VAC20-131-50 Diploma Requirements: Requirements for training in emergency first aid, CPR and AEDs should be incoroporated in courses that are already rquired for graduation as opposed to being tacked on as a graduation requirement. Also, training in these areas requires funding to support the requirement.
8VAC20-131-80; 8VAC20-131-90; 8VAC 20-131-100, Instructional programs in elementary, middle and secondary schools: As previously expressed rememdiation makes sense but will funding be available. Budget cuts over the last 5 years have already decimated summer programs.
8VAC 20-131-100 Standard and Verified Units of Credit: Elimination of the 140 clock hour requirement is supported. it provides greater flexibility in the use of both school-based and virtual courses. Seat time required for mastery is antiquated and this revision is greatly needed.
8VAC20-131-20 School and community Communications: Additional communication regarding sensitive or explicit materials is redundant. Current local policy and practice already provide methods for people to address concerns about materials used in schools and classrooms.