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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 542]
Action Comprehensive Revision of the Regulations Governing the Review and Approval of Education Programs in
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ends 10/31/2015
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10/28/15  4:49 pm
Commenter: Clara Hauth, PhD Marymount University

Teacher Education Program Regulations 8VAC20-543-50:8VAC20-543-70. Annual report card.
  1. Teacher Education Program Regulations 8VAC20-543-50

Proposed regulation: The education endorsement program’s candidate passing rates reported by percentages should not fall below 80% biennially for program completers and program non-completers…

            COMMENT: Additional clarity is necessary regarding required licensure assessments. For example, students may drop their educational programs due to failure of licensure exams, this should be a caveat in the discussion. In addition, students who pass these exams but move (many of our VA higher education students may be military spouses etc.) these students who depart the program should not be counted against the University.

  1. To receive a provisional special education license only one class is currently required by VDOE.


    COMMENT: I personally support the proposed change for provisional licensure requiring 9 credit hours/3 courses to ensure stronger and more prepared educators in our most vulnerable and educationally diverse students.


3.8VAC20-543-70. Annual report card.

Addition of Annual Report card: Institutions of higher education…

COMMENT:  Teacher education programs complete an inordinate number or varied reports for the state, university, federal government and accreditation. Is there a way to combine a universal type reporting system? And – other data as requested by the board is too nebulous and misleading.

OVERALL FINAL COMMENT: Recognizing the needed changes to the state regulations it should also be noted that changes please note that any Program revisions require a one year preparation period.