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Mandate 477

Mandate Information
Mandate Title:
Revisions to Standards of Accreditation (8VAC 20-131-10 et seq.)
Purpose of legislation
HB 1554 Accreditation of schools; delayed implementation of certain statutes and regulations. Provides for the delayed implementation of statutes and regulations upon which the accreditation of schools in the Commonwealth is based that were not already in effect on June 30, 2008, with the exceptions of the graduation and completion rate index and the economics and financial literacy requirement, until July 1, 2012, unless such statutes or regulations are also specifically required by federal code, federal regulation, or court action. This bill incorporates HB 2378 (Pogge) and is identical to SB 810. HB 1793 Diploma seals; allows local school boards to award. Allows local school boards to award diploma seals for all Board of Education-approved diplomas. HB 2172 Virginia Index of Performance program; Board of Education to encourage achievement in science, etc. Requires the Board of Education to take into account in its guidelines for the Virginia Index of Performance program a school division's increase in enrollments and elective course offerings in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This bill is identical to SB 953. HB 2494 Standards for Accreditation; any school board may seek approval of alternative plan for its schools. Provides that any school board, on behalf of one or more of its schools, may request from the Board of Education releases from state regulations and approval of an individual School Accreditation Plan.
Legislation mandating a change Chap 0391 (2011)
Chap 0209 (2011)
Chap 0666 (2011)
Chap 0119 (2011)
VAC chapters to be amended
8 vac 20 - 131 : Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia
Associated Regulatory Actions
Action 3511: Amendments to reflect changes due to legislation passed by the 2011 General Assembly
Latest Stage: Final
Deadline for the regulation to become effective 7/30/2012
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