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Department of Education
GDForum ID: 537
Description of Proposed Guidance Document Changes
It has recently come to the attention of Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) staff that a number of school divisions were unaware of the SOA guidance document and clarifications therein regarding sequential electives. Accordingly, there have been inconsistencies in how the sequential elective requirement is understood at the local level, particularly as it relates to the Advanced Studies diploma. The proposed amendments to the SOA guidance document seek to address this issue by creating temporary flexibility for those students who are most immediately at risk of being affected by any misunderstanding. The proposed language permits students graduating in the 2021-2022 or 2022-2023 school years to use a World Language course credit to partially satisfy the sequential elective requirement. This expands on existing flexibilities and provides students another course option for fulfilling the sequential elective. In addition to this temporary flexibility, the proposed amendments include several technical edits to the guidance on sequential electives. These technical edits include the reincorporation of language regarding career and technical education courses being used to partially satisfy the requirement, which was inadvertently not carried over from past iterations of the SOA guidance document; the addition of a statement regarding two credit courses being permitted to satisfy the requirement; and, the inclusion of links to career and technical education programs of study webpages.
Guidance Document(s) for this Comment Forum
Document ID Document Title Document in Effect Proposed Document
SOA Guidelines Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia pdf Document     pdf Proposed Document Updated on 5/24/2021
Contact Information
Dr. Leslie Sale
Director of Policy
101 N. 14th Street
The Virginia Register

Publication Date: 4/12/2021    Volume: 37  Issue: 17
The public comment period began upon publication and extended for 30 days. It ended on 5/12/2021.
There were no comments

Effective Date:  5/13/2021 
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