Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 81]
Fast-Track Regulatory Action to Strike “Component” and Align Regulatory Language with Federal Requirements
Action 5882
General Information
Action Summary During the 2021 Special Session I, the Virginia General Assembly enacted Chapter 109 of the Acts of the Assembly, which directed the Board of Education to amend 8VAC20-81-170 B 2 a and e to remove the word “component” following the word “evaluation.” At its meeting on September 23, 2021, the Board approved an exempt action (“Legislative Amendments to Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia,” effective November 24, 2021) to amend the regulation as required by the legislation. However, the legislation did not strike similar language from 8VAC20-81-170 B 4, and so amending B 4 would have been inappropriate for the exempt action. The current action will amend 8VAC20-81-170 B 4 in a manner consistent with the amendment to B 2 a and e that was required by Chapter 109. The current action will also amend the regulation in 8VAC20-81-170 D 3 and G 10 in order to align the current regulation with applicable federal regulations.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7030]
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
9498 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/01/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jim Chapman  / Regulatory and Legal Coordinator
Address: James Monroe Bldg., 25th Floor
101 N. 14th St.
Richmond, VA 23219
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