P.O. BOX 2120
August 17, 2001
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Transmittal of the 2001 Standards of Quality

This memorandum provides information regarding the changes to the Code of Virginiaís Standards of Quality (SOQ), §§ 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:8, passed by the 2001 General Assembly. The revisions were effective July 1, 2001, unless otherwise noted. There are two versions of Standards 1, 3, and 4 in the SOQ: a version effective until July 1, 2003, and another effective on July 1, 2003.

Attached is a copy of a highlighted version of the SOQ that includes the changes noted in italics and deletions. An enactment clause in § 22.1-253.13.6, as amended by Senate Bill 1057, is noted in boldface type. Also attached is a copy of the SOQ, as amended.

The 2001 General Assembly revised the SOQ through the following legislation:

House Bill 2401 permitted each school board to devise, in reference to the awarding of diplomas to secondary school students, a mechanism for calculating class rankings that takes into consideration whether the student has taken a required class more than one time and has had any prior earned grade purged for that class. See § 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.

House Bill 2674 restored language inadvertently deleted through a drafting error. The restored language states that, effective July 1, 2003, requirements for a standard high school diploma must include at least two sequential electives. See § 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code.

Senate Bill 1055 replaced the term vocational educationwith the term career and technical education throughout the Code. See §§ 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:4.

Senate Bill 1057 included an enactment clause that specifies that school boards may use any educational technology funds provided in the appropriation act for career and technical education programs. See

§ 22.1-253.13:6.

Senate Bill 1391 required the Board of Education to authorize an elective course in comparative religion for graduation credit in grades 9 through 12. See § 22.1-253.13:3.

I hope that you will find this information helpful. You can find a final legislative report for the 2001 General Assembly session on the departmentís website at under Legislation on the Policy and Public Affairs Web page.

Please contact Dr. Cynthia Cave, director of policy, at (804) 371-0558 or if you need additional information.