Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Mandate 644

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Review of Accreditation Status
Purpose of legislation
Permits the Board of Education to review the accreditation status of a school once every three years if the school has been fully accredited for three consecutive years. The bill requires that, upon such triennial review, the Board review the accreditation status of the school for each individual year within that triennial review period. If the Board finds that the school would have been accredited every year of that triennial review period, the Board may accredit the school for another three years. The bill specifies that the Board must review the accreditation status of any school that (i) in any individual year within the triennial review period would have failed to achieve full accreditation or (ii) in the previous year has had an adjustment of its boundaries that affects at least 10 percent of the student population of the school. Current law requires the Board to annually review the accreditation status of all schools in the Commonwealth. Finally, the bill requires the reporting of the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment scores and averages for each year, regardless of accreditation frequency, as part of the School Performance Report Card.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 566 (2015)
VAC chapters to be amended
8 vac 20 - 131 : Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia
Associated Regulatory Actions
Action 4019: Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
Latest Stage: Final
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