COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 116
August 17, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Transmittal of the 2001 Standards of Quality

This memorandum provides information regarding the changes to the Code of Virginiaís Standards of Quality (SOQ), §§ 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:8, passed by the 2001 General Assembly. The revisions were effective July 1, 2001, unless otherwise noted. There are two versions of Standards 1, 3, and 4 in the SOQ: a version effective until July 1, 2003, and another effective on July 1, 2003.

Attached is a copy of a highlighted version of the SOQ that includes the changes noted in italics and deletions. An enactment clause in § 22.1-253.13.6, as amended by Senate Bill 1057, is noted in boldface type. Also attached is a copy of the SOQ, as amended.

The 2001 General Assembly revised the SOQ through the following legislation:

House Bill 2401 permitted each school board to devise, in reference to the awarding of diplomas to secondary school students, a mechanism for calculating class rankings that takes into consideration whether the student has taken a required class more than one time and has had any prior earned grade purged for that class. See § 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.

House Bill 2674 restored language inadvertently deleted through a drafting error. The restored language states that, effective July 1, 2003, requirements for a standard high school diploma must include at least two sequential electives. See § 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.

Senate Bill 1055 replaced the term vocational educationwith the term career and technical education throughout the Code. See §§ 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:4.

Senate Bill 1057 included an enactment clause that specifies that school boards may use any educational technology funds provided in the appropriation act for career and technical education programs. See

§ 22.1-253.13:6.

Senate Bill 1391 required the Board of Education to authorize an elective course in comparative religion for graduation credit in grades 9 through 12. See § 22.1-253.13:3.

I hope that you will find this information helpful. You can find a final legislative report for the 2001 General Assembly session on the departmentís website at www.pen.k12.va.us/ under Legislation on the Policy and Public Affairs Web page.

Please contact Dr. Cynthia Cave, director of policy, at (804) 371-0558 or ccave@mail.vak12ed.edu) if you need additional information.

JLD/SGP/cjb

Attachments

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf116a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2001/inf116b.pdf