P.O. BOX 2120



July 14, 2006



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday,Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Transmittal of the 2006 Standards of Quality


This memorandum provides information regarding the changes to the Code of Virginias Standards of Quality (SOQ), 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:8, passed by the 2006 General Assembly. The revisions are effective July 1, 2006, unless otherwise noted.


Attached is a copy of the standards that were revised. The changes are noted by italics for new language and strikethroughs for deleted language. Also attached is a copy of the complete 2006 SOQ, as amended.


The 2006 General Assembly revised the SOQ through the following legislation:


House Bill 19 amended the Standards of Quality to direct the Board of Education to collect, analyze, and report high school graduation and dropout data using a standardized formula prescribed by the Board. The standardized formula becomes effective on October 1, 2008. The bill permits the Board of Education to promulgate such regulations as may be necessary and appropriate for the collection, analysis and reporting of such data. The bill also contains an enactment clause that requires the Board to report to the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by December 1, 2006, the formula that will be used for the uniform assessment of high school graduation rates.


See 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.



House Bill 348 and Senate Bill 39 amended the Standards of Quality to authorize the Board of Education to initiate or cause to be initiated a review or investigation of any alleged breach in security, unauthorized alteration, or improper administration of tests by local school board employees responsible for the distribution or administration of tests.


See 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.


House Bill 813 amended the Standards of Quality to permit the Board of Education to adopt special provisions related to the administration and use of any Standards of Learning (SOL) test or tests in a content area as applied to accreditation ratings for any period during which the SOL content or assessments in that area are being revised and phased in. Prior to statewide administration of such tests, the Board of Education shall provide notice to local school boards regarding such special provisions.


See 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.


House Bill 1059 and Senate Bill 34 amended the Standards of Quality to require that the Board of Education make assessments publicly available in a timely manner and as soon as practicable following the administration of such tests, so long as the release of such assessments does not compromise test security or deplete the bank of assessment questions necessary to construct subsequent tests, or limit the ability to test students on demand and provide immediate results in the Web-based assessment system.


See 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.


House Bill 1058 and Senate Bill 71, while not amending the Standards of Quality (SOQ), shifts the Board of Educations review of the SOQ from odd-numbered to even-numbered years. The amendments to 22.1-18.01 of the Code also clarify that in any odd-numbered year following the year in which the Board proposes changes to the SOQ, the budget estimates that are required to be reported pursuant to 2.2-1504 shall take into consideration the Boards proposed SOQ.


I hope that you will find this information helpful. You can find the final legislative reports for the 2006 General Assembly session on the departments website at under Legislative Tracking.


Please contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2403 or by e-mail at, if you need additional information.