Revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia
|Since the last revision to the Standards of Accreditation in 2017, it has become apparent that the Standards of Accreditation merit further review to align better with Board goals. Although Virginia’s public schools have long been regarded as among the best in the nation, the Commonwealth has seen widening gaps in student achievement and a significant slip in comparison with other states on numerous academic measures. For example, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (“NAEP”) shows that Virginia has wide gaps between student proficiency standards on state reading and math assessments and the grade-level proficiency benchmarks: only 38% of Virginia fourth graders and 33% of eighth graders were proficient in reading on the 2019 NAEP, compared with 75% and 76% respectively on the 2019 state fourth- and eighth-grade SOL reading tests. Further compounding these issues is pandemic-related learning loss, which one publisher of widely used K-12 assessments has shown to be worse in Virginia than the national average (see Renaissance: How Kids Are Performing). Moreover, preliminary data from the 2022–2023 SOL assessments indicate that Virginia students continue to see learning loss. Additional information can be found in the VDOE’s Our Commitment to Virginians.
The true state of Virginia’s school system, however, does not appear to be adequately captured by the current accreditation system. The Board will revise the current accreditation system in order to increase transparency, improve student success for all students, and aid in the allocation of Commonwealth resources into Virginia schools. Without a clear picture of the relationship between school performance and student performance, neither the Board nor the General Assembly can find the proper solutions to the problems faced by Virginia students.
The Board is considering a full revision of the Standards of Accreditation as an integral step to improving the state of public schools.
|8 VAC 20-132
|Virginia Standards of Accreditation
Promulgate New Regulation
|8 VAC 20 - 131
|Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia
Repeal Entire Regulation
|Executive Branch Review
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|New Periodic Review
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|Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/08/2023.
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