P.O. BOX 2120



November 14, 2003



Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Options for Earning Verified Credit for Graduation


In the spring of 2003, Governor Warner announced the four components of Project Graduation that were devised to assist students graduating in 2004 in earning required standard and verified credits under the 2+4 criteria in a variety of venues. The information in this memorandum reinforces information found on the Project Graduation page of the Department of Educations website. As you know, beginning with the graduating class of 2004, students must, for the first time, pass Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in order to graduate. In particular, students must pass the English: Reading and English: Writing tests or the Board of Educations approved substitute assessments, which typically are taken during the 11th grade.


The following are options for students seeking the standard diploma to earn the four required student-selected verified credits to accompany the two English verified credits:





Finally, please keep in mind that students who enroll in a Virginia public school after beginning the tenth grade or at the beginning of the eleventh grade may be able to earn a standard diploma with a reduced number of verified credits. Students who enter a public school from outside Virginia after the first 20 instructional hours of their senior year who cannot earn a reduced number of verified credits may be eligible for a waiver of the verified credit requirements. The guidelines for seeking a waiver can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the document on our website at and additional information regarding transfer students can be found at


Schools have an obligation to see that every students record is reviewed periodically to ensure that students and parents are aware of the students progress toward meeting the requirements for a diploma and that extra help is available if the student is not progressing. In addition, we hope you will encourage your guidance staff, students, and parents to review the information found on the Project Graduation page, which can be accessed directly from the main page of the Departments website at Information is also available via the Project Graduation Hotline at 1-866-835-6039


Questions regarding SOL testing should be directed to Dr. Gordon Trump, director of assessment and reporting, at (804) 225-2102 or by e-mail to Questions regarding courses to satisfy graduation requirements should be directed to Ms. Maureen Hijar, director of secondary instruction, at (804) 225-2880 or by e-mail to Questions regarding the accrediting standards should be directed Dr. Cheri Magill, director of accreditation, at (804) 786-1062 or by e-mail to