Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
GDForum ID: 2255
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
Section 22.1-289.03 of the Code of Virginia directs the Board of Education to establish a unified quality rating and improvement system for all publicly-funded birth-to-five providers in order to improve school readiness outcomes. Further, Chapter 446 of the Virginia Acts of the Assembly 2021 Special Session I requires the following: "11. That, notwithstanding the provisions of the third enactment of this act, the establishment and implementation of the quality rating and improvement system described in § 22.1-289.05 of the Code of Virginia, as created by this act, shall occur as follows: (i) the Board of Education shall establish such quality rating and improvement system no later than July 1, 2021, (ii) publicly-funded providers may participate in the quality rating and improvement system beginning in the 2021–2022 school year and shall participate in the quality rating and improvement system beginning in the 2023–2024 school year, and (iii) the initial quality ratings shall be published in the fall of 2024." In June 2021, the Board of Education fulfilled the expectation for establishing a quality rating and improvement system by approving the Guidelines for Practice Year 1 of Virginia’s Unified Measurement and Improvement System, known as VQB5. These guidelines were updated a second time in June 2022, with the Board of Education approving Guidelines for Year 2 of VQB5. Beginning in fall 2023, all Virginia’s publicly-funded birth-to-five programs, which includes school-based preschool, Head Start/Early Head Start, and child care subsidy participating child care and family day homes, will be required to participate in VQB5, Virginia’s Unified Measurement and Improvement System. This includes approximately 3,600 schools, child care, and family day home programs with 12,000 classrooms. Quality profiles that include rating information from the 2023-2024 participation year will be published via a family-friendly website in fall 2024. The 2023-2024 VQB5 Guidelines largely reflect similar expectations and protocols for program measurement and improvement as compared to prior years. There are slight shifts based on the learnings from the two practice years for VQB5, in which more than 70% of publicly-funded programs have participated, and set forth strategies to continuously improve the quality of early childhood care and education to ensure all of Virginia’s youngest learners have the opportunity to enter school ready.
[This forum has been finalized.]
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
Document ID Document Title Current Document Proposed Document
Early Childhood Guidelines for Practice Year 2 of the Early Childhood Unified Measurement and Improvement System pdf Document     pdf Proposed Document Posted with Revised Changes on 12/14/2023
Contact Information
Jim Chapman
Director of Board Relations
James Monroe Bldg.
101 N. 14th St., 25th Floor
ORM Review
ORM Approved (8/11/2023)
pdf ORM Economic Review Form     posted: 8/3/2023         submitted to ORM: 8/3/2023
The Virginia Register

Publication Date: 9/11/2023    Volume: 40  Issue: 2
The public comment period began upon publication and lasted for 30 days. It ended on 10/11/2023.
There were no comments
Effective Date:  10/12/2023   
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