Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Update to Comport with Legislative Changes Made by HB 96 (2012)
Action 3738
General Information
Action Summary The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia are designed to ensure that an effective educational program is established and maintained in Virginia's public schools. The regulations address student achievement, instructional programs and leadership, facilities and safety, school and community relations, and school accreditation. The regulations require all students, beginning in middle school, to have an Academic and Career Plan. This plan is intended to address a student’s program of study for high school graduation and postsecondary career pathways. The regulations specify that the Academic and Career Plan must be implemented beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The provisions of HB 96 delay implementation of this provision to the 2013-2014 school year.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This Action is exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required. As such, it can be submitted directly for publication and is effective upon publication.
Exempt Citation: 2.2-4006
RIS Project Yes  [003298]
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
6246 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/29/2012.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Regulatory and Legal Coordinator
Address: James Monroe Bldg., 25th Floor
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
Phone: (804)225-2540    FAX: ()-    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.