Superintendent's Memo #170-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 12, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements in Virginia Public Schools for Students Entering the Ninth Grade in 2010-2011


On February 19, 2009, the Virginia Board of Education approved revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131-5 et seq.) (Standards of Accreditation or SOA). Section 8 VAC 20-131-50 of the revised SOA sets forth the requirements for the Standard, Standard Technical, Advanced Studies, Advanced Technical, and Modified Standard Diplomas that will become effective for students entering the ninth grade in 2010-2011. Those requirements specify which level of courses and/or subject area disciplines students must complete to earn either a standard or verified unit of credit in the areas of mathematics, laboratory science, and history and social science, as well as the credit requirements in other content disciplines. The regulations also specify that the Board of Education shall approve courses (other than those specifically named in the standards) to satisfy the requirements in those areas.

On May 28, 2009, the Board of Education waived first review and approved Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements for the Standard, Standard Technical, Advanced Studies, Advanced Technical, and Modified Standard Diplomas in Virginia Public Schools beginning with students entering the ninth grade in 2010-2011.

The amended list approved by the Board of Education includes the following:

No revisions were made to the English courses or list of History and Social Science courses to satisfy graduation requirements.

The recently approved Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements (PDF) document provides a list of courses to satisfy graduation requirements effective with the ninth-grade class of 2010-2011.

Should you have any questions, you may contact Dr. Felicia Dyke, director, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by phone at (804) 225-2651 or e-mail at felicia.dyke@doe.virginia.gov; or Joseph Wharff, school counseling connections specialist, Office of Career and Technical Education, by phone at (804) 225-3370, or by e-mail at joseph.wharff@doe.virginia.gov.


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