Delegating to the Superintendent of Public Instruction Authority to Approve Other States' Comprehensive Tests as Substitute Tests
Resolution Number 2007-18
May 30, 2007
The Board of Education adopts the resolution to delegate its authority to approve other states' comprehensive tests as substitute tests, subject to conditions listed below in the resolution.
Virginia Board of Education Resolution
Delegating Certain Duties to the Superintendent of Public Instruction
That the following Board responsibilities, set forth in the cited sections of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131-10 et seq.), be delegated to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Under 8 VAC 20-131-110, Standard and Verified Units of Credit, the "Board of Education may from time to time approve additional tests for the purpose of awarding verified credit." The Guidance Document Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, approved by the Board of Education in 2006, further states that the Board "may delegate the
authority for final approval of these tests to the Superintendent of Public Instruction."
This delegation of authority shall apply only to those comprehensive subject area examinations approved as part of another state's accountability system and approved through the federal standards and assessment peer review process.
Such delegation shall also be subject to the following conditions:
a) That the Superintendent reports annually to the Board on his exercise of the authority and responsibility delegated to him;
b) That the Board reserves the right to require of the Superintendent a report concerning the exercise of any authority herein delegated;
c) That the Superintendent's exercise of the delegated authorities shall conform to all regulations of the Board and laws governing educational programs and policy in Virginia;
d) That the review of the test to determine its suitability for use to award verified credit be conducted in the same manner as other substitute tests have been reviewed and recommended for approval, as set forth in the Guidance Document Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia. In addition, in order for a test to be deemed suitable for use, the test must be approved as part of another state's accountability system and approved through the federal standards and assessment peer review process;
e) That school divisions shall be notified of any such tests that are approved; and
f) That this delegation is not an abnegation of the Board's power and responsibility in the areas delegated.
Mark E. Emblidge, President
Board of Education
Adopted in the Minutes of the Virginia Board of Education
May 30, 2007