DATE: May 11, 2018
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven M. Constantino, Ed.D., Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:

Locally Awarded Verified Credits


The purpose of this memorandum is to advise school divisions that effective May 9, 2018, all students are eligible to be considered for locally-awarded verified credits in English, mathematics, science, and history/social science in accordance with the Board of Education's regulations and guidance.  Please be aware the number of locally-awarded verified credits and the diplomas to which they may be applied are different for students that entered the ninth grade prior to the 2018-2019 school year, and for those that enter in 2018-2019 and thereafter, as explained in this memorandum.

For students that entered the ninth grade for the first time prior to the 2018-2019 school year, locally-awarded verified credits were previously available to students only for science and history/social science.  Those students may now be awarded a total of three locally-awarded verified credits in English, mathematics, science, and history/social science.  These changes were adopted by the Board of Education and approved by Governor Northam through emergency changes to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (Standards of Accreditation or SOA) and the Board's Guidance Governing the Use of Locally-Awarded Verified Credits

First-time ninth graders beginning with the 2018-2019 school year will be able to earn no more than one locally awarded verified credit in English, mathematics, science, and history/social science.  These changes were adopted by the Board of Education through the comprehensive revisions to the SOA that will become effective in the 2018-2019 school year.

The criteria for the award of locally-awarded verified credit is summarized below:

For questions regarding these changes to the availability of locally-awarded verified credits, please contact the Office of Policy at (804) 225-2092 or policy@doe.virginia.gov: Email link. .

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Attachments:

  1. Emergency revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (Standards of Accreditation or SOA)
  2. Revised Guidance Governing the Use of Locally-Awarded Verified Credits