Summary as introduced:
Graduation requirements. Directs the Board of Education, in establishing course and credit requirements for graduation, to establish guidelines for local school boards to provide for additional criteria to determine the award of a verified unit of credit to students in grades six through nine in the 2001-2002 school year who obtain a passing grade for a course but fail the relevant Standards of Learning assessment twice. Such guidelines shall be designed to ensure consistency and fairness in the selection and administration of any such additional criteria and are exempt from the Administrative Process Act.
Currently, the Standards of Accreditation (SOA) do not specifically make the awarding of diplomas contingent upon the passage of SOL tests; however, beginning with the ninth grade class of 2003-4, students must earn six verified units of credit from specific courses for a standard diploma. During a transition period for the ninth grade classes of 2000-01, 2001-02, and 2002-03, students must earn six verified units (two in English and four additional units). Beginning with the ninth grade class of 2000-01, students must earn nine verified credits in specific courses to earn an advanced studies diploma. (8 VAC 20-131-50 B, C).
Verified units are earned upon passage of the course and the relevant SOL test (8 VAC 20-131-110 B).Full text:
01/09/02 House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 12/12/01 021138696 pdf | impact statement
01/09/02 House: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 12/12/01 021138696
01/09/02 House: Referred to Committee on Education
02/06/02 House: Incorporated by Educ. (HB493-Reid) (22-Y 0-N)