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
Proposed Amendments to Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131) to Comport with 2019 Legislation Passed by the General Assembly (Exempt Action)
Action 5350
General Information
Action Summary This exempt regulatory action addresses legislation that was approved by the General Assembly during the 2019 Session. The following such legislation affects the Regulations Establishing the Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (Standards of Accreditation or SOA). HB 1729 changes the name of guidance counselors to school counselors and requires each school counselor employed by a school board in a public elementary or secondary school to spend at least 80 percent of his staff time during normal school hours in the direct counseling of individual students or groups of students. HB 1868 renames the Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) incentive program as the Exemplar School Recognition Program (the Program) and makes several changes to the Program to align it the revised Standards of Accreditation, including requiring the Program to be designed to recognize and reward: (i) schools that exceed Board-established requirements or show continuous improvement on academic and school quality indicators and (ii) schools, school divisions, and school boards that implement effective, innovative practices that are aligned with the Commonwealth's goals for public education. The proposed amendments to the Standards of Accreditation would incorporate these legislative changes. Because these changes are needed to conform to General Assembly actions, the proposed regulations will follow the exempt rulemaking requirements of the Administrative Process Act (APA), as provided in § 2.2-4006 of the Code.
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.A.4.a
RIS Project Yes  [006108]
Associated Mandates
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
8708 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/30/2019.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Mr. Zachary Robbins  / Director of Policy
Address: 101 N. 14th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Email Address:
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