COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 167

November 30, 2001

 

INFORMATIONAL

 

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Alternative Accreditation Plans for Special Purpose Schools

 

 

The Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, in 8 VAC 20-131-280.D. state:

 

Special purpose schools such as regional, special education, alternative, or career and technical schools that serve as the student's school of principal enrollment shall be evaluated on standards appropriate to the programs offered in the school and approved by the Board prior to August 1 of the school year for which approval is requested. Any student graduating from a special purpose school with a Standard, Advanced Studies, or Modified Standard Diploma must meet the requirements prescribed in 8 VAC 20-131-50.

 

To implement this regulation, guidelines adopted by the Board of Education permit local school boards to submit alternative accreditation plans that describe how the school should be accredited. While we have no history of working with alternative accreditation plans, as a starting point we have developed some protocols and identified some information we think the Board of Education will want to review in addition to any supporting information the local school board deems appropriate when plans are submitted. That information is found in Attachment A.

 

Questions regarding alternative accreditation plans should be directed to Mr. Charles W. Finley, assistant superintendent for accountability services, by phone at (804) 786-9421 or by e-mail to cfinley@pen.k12.va.us.

 

JLD/cwf

 

Attachment

 

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