P.O. BOX 2120



July 20, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday,Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Transmittal of the 2007 Standards of Quality


This memorandum provides information regarding the changes to the Code of Virginias Standards of Quality (SOQ), 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:8, passed by the 2007 General Assembly. The revisions are effective July 1, 2007, unless otherwise noted.


Attachment A is a copy of the standards that were revised. The changes are noted by italics for new language and strikethroughs for deleted language. Attachment B is a copy of the complete 2007 SOQ, as amended.


The 2007 General Assembly revised the SOQ through the following legislation:


HB 1978 and SB 1148 require local school boards to include in their annual report to the Board of Education the number of career and technical education completers that graduated as a category on the School Performance Report Card. The bill defines a "career and technical education completer" as a student who has met the requirements for a career and technical concentration or specialization and all requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.


See 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.


HB 2039 and SB 1147 direct the Board of Education to establish the requirements for a technical diploma. The diploma must meet or exceed the requirements of a standard diploma and include a concentration in career and technical education. The bills also create an advanced technical diploma that shall be awarded to students who meet the requirements for the advanced studies diploma and also fulfill a concentration in career and technical education.


The Board of Education shall address the technical diploma requirements in revisions to its Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia.


See 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.


SB 751 requires the Board of Education to include the types of activities that qualify as community service and the number of hours required in its criteria for awarding a diploma seal for excellence in civics education and understanding of our state and federal constitutions and the democratic model of government for the standard and advanced studies diplomas.


See 22.1-253.13:4 of the Code.


SB 795 makes technical changes to Standards 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Standards of Quality. It provides for the phasing out of the eighth grade cumulative history test in the 2007-2008 school year, and the implementation of the United States History to 1877, United States History: 1877 to the Present, and Civics and Economics tests in the 2008-2009 school year. The bill requires that prevention, intervention, and remediation programs include components that are research-based. Local school boards must also have in place an early identification program for students with difficulties in mathematics. The bill adds effective classroom management to the listing of professional development programs to be provided to teachers and principals and requires that division-wide comprehensive plans include strategies for improving student achievement, particularly the achievement of educationally at-risk students. Finally, the bill requires local school divisions to post a current copy of the school division policies, including the Student Conduct Policy, on the local division's website while ensuring that printed copies of such policies are available, as needed, to citizens who do not have Internet access.


See 22.1-253.13:1 and 22.1-253.13:3 through 22.1-253.13:7 of the Code.


I hope that you will find this information helpful. You can find the final legislative reports for the 2007 General Assembly session on the Departments website at under Legislative Tracking.


Please contact the Office of Policy and Communications at (804) 225-2403 or by e-mail at, if you need additional information.