Standards of Accreditation
The Board of Education is conducting public hearings in July and August to hear the views of parents, educators, and community members on revising expectations for students and schools. The hearings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
- July 14 – Manassas
- July 19 – Williamsburg-James City County
- August 24 – Abingdon
- August 25 – Lynchburg
At each hearing, a member of the Board of Education will discuss the board’s work in developing Virginia’s plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, creating a “Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” revising the Standards of Accreditation, and updating the Standards of Quality. For more information, go to Public Meetings and Educational Initiatives.
Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia are designed to ensure that an effective educational program is established and maintained in Virginia's public schools. The accreditation standards:
- Provide an essential foundation of educational programs of high quality in all schools for all students.
- Encourage continuous appraisal and improvement of the school program for the purpose of raising student achievement.
- Foster public confidence.
- Assure recognition of Virginia's public schools by other institutions of learning.
- Establish a means of determining the effectiveness of schools.
Standards For Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia
Overview of Changes to the Standards of Accreditation in Recent Years
- Guidance for the Determination of the New Accreditation Rating: “Partially Accredited” (PDF)
- Guidelines for Graduation Requirements: Local Alternative Paths to Standard Units of Credit (Alternatives to the 140- Clock-hour Requirement) – For more information, see Superintendent’s Memo 271-15
- Guidance Document Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131) (PDF)
Standards of Accreditation Archives