COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 45
July 12, 2002
Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Board of Education Guidelines for Awarding Differentiated Numbers of Verified Credit for Career and Technical Education Certification and Licensure Examinations
The Virginia Board of Education adopted the attached Guidelines for Awarding Differentiated Numbers of Verified Credit for Career and Technical Education Certification and Licensure Examinations at its meeting on June 27, 2002. The guidelines are retroactive for students who are required to earn verified credit (students who first entered the ninth grade in 2000-2001). Students who pass a board-approved certification or licensure examination would earn one or two student-selected verified credits in career and technical education, depending on the course of study taken in preparation for the examination. The division superintendent or his/her designee will determine whether an individual student earns one or two verified credits for each examination passed based on the application of Board of Education guidelines and criteria.
In April 2002, Governor Mark Warner sent a letter to Board of Education President Mark Christie asking the board to consider developing administrative guidelines for awarding differentiated numbers of verified credit for career and technical certification and licensure examinations that have a demonstrated level of complexity and breadth of knowledge beyond that which is generally associated with a single course. Governor Warner requested that consideration be given to making the guidelines retroactive for students who first entered the ninth grade in 2000-2001.
In response to Governor Warners letter, Mr. Mark Christie, President of the Board of Education, appointed Delegate Thomas M. Jackson, state board member, to work with the Department of Education and an advisory committee to develop guidelines and recommendations for awarding differentiated verified credits for certification and licensure examinations. In May, Delegate Jackson convened an advisory committee consisting of career and technical educators, division administrators, and professionals representing business and industry. This advisory committee unanimously supported the attached guidelines and criteria.
Verified credits earned in career and technical education may be used to satisfy student-selected verified credit requirements for the Standard Diploma or Advanced Studies Diploma. During a transition period applicable only to the ninth-grade classes of 2000-2001, 2001-2002, and 2002-2003, students shall earn the 22 standard units of credit described in 8 VAC 20-131-50. Requirements for graduation and the following number of verified units of credit to receive a Standard Diploma:
Two verified units of credit in English.
Four additional verified units of credit of the students own choosing. These four student-selected verified credits may be in Standards of Learning (SOL) courses or other areas as prescribed by the Board of Education. Students may mix and match SOL tests with other approved substitute assessments, including career and technical education certification and licensure examinations.
The Board of Education has approved a list of industry certification and licensure examinations to satisfy the requirements for the Board of Educations Career and Technical Education Seal; Board of Educations Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology; and student-selected verified credit. The list of examinations can be found at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/memos/seals/document02a.pdf.
The Department of Educations Career and Technical Education (CTE) Administrative Planning Guide (2002-2003) provides information on CTE program completion requirements, course concentration and specialization sequences, and certification and licensure examinations. This document can be accessed at: http://www.pen.k12.va.us/VDOE/Instruction/CTE/
Counselors, teachers, and administrators should refer to this guide to determine whether a student meets the career and technical education concentration or specialization course requirements for program completer.
Questions about the administrative guidelines for awarding verified credit for career and technical certification and licensure examinations should be addressed to James A. Gray (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), associate director for career and technical education, at 804-225-2833.