|FROM:||Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Pre-accreditation Eligibility and Reporting of Other Information Required by the Board of Education|
The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia adopted by the state Board of Education in 2000 prescribe an annual accrediting cycle for schools and require that schools certify compliance with certain provisions of the standards as a prerequisite to accreditation. The regulations state:
leadership and staffing requirements of 8 VAC 20-131-210 through 8 VAC 20-131-240, and (v) the facilities and safety provisions of 8 VAC 20-131-260" (8 VAC 20-131-280.F).
The board also adopted a policy to identify various educational entities in the state that would be recognized as "schools" for accreditation purposes. Although schools that do not report fall membership will not be accredited independently, facilities that provide instruction to students who are reported in fall membership data at other schools are not fully relieved of the responsibility for meeting applicable standards.
Pre-accreditation eligibility and certain other information required by the Board will be collected electronically for the 2000-2001 school year on a form named PACE. Electronically reporting this information will allow for easier storage of information, will incorporate corrective action plans as part of the information gathered, and should result in more efficient reporting and certifying processes.
Directions for supplying and submitting the needed information to the Department of Education are included in Attachment A of this memo. Please note the following:
If you have any questions or require further information or technical assistance, please contact your regional Governorís Best Practice Center or any member of the accreditation staff at (804) 786-1062.