Guidance Document Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing




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Guidance Document

Governing Certain Provisions of the Regulations Establishing

Standards for Accrediting


Public Schools in Virginia

8 VAC 20-131.

Adopted by the Board of Education
October 25, 2006
Amended by the Board of Education


January 13, 2011



TABLE OF CONTENTS

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-30. Student Achievement Expectations (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 4

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-50. Requirements for Graduation (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 6

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-60. Transfer of Students (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 13

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-80. Instructional Program in Elementary Schools and STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-90. Instructional Program in Middle Schools (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 17

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-110. Standard and Verified Units of Credit (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 20

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-150. Standard School Year and School Day (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 24

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-240. Administrative and Staff Support; Staffing Requirements (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 25

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-280. Expectations for School Accountability (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 26

STANDARD 8 VAC 20-131-290. Procedures for Certifying Accreditation Eligibility (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 30

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-310. Action Requirements for Schools That Are Accredited with Warning or Accreditation Withheld/Improving School Near Accreditation (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 31

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-315. Action Requirements for Schools That Are Denied Accreditation (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006) 34

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-325. Recognition and Rewards for School Accountability Performance (ADOPTED: July 25, 2007) 38

STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-350. Waivers. (ADOPTED: January 13, 2011) 48



STANDARD: 8 VAC 20-131-30. Student Achievement Expectations (ADOPTED: October 26, 2006)

Remediation Recovery


C. In kindergarten through grade 12, students may participate in a remediation recovery program as established by the board in English (Reading) or mathematics or both.
Guidance:
Remediation recovery is a voluntary program that schools may implement to encourage successful remediation of students who do not pass certain Standards of Learning tests in grades K-8 and high school English and mathematics. Students in grades K-8 are not required to retake Standards of Learning tests unless they are retained in grade and have not previously passed the test or they are placed in a remediation recovery program developed by the local school board. Students in high school are not required to retake end-of-course Standards of Learning tests unless the student previously failed the course and the test, or the student needs to earn verified credit for graduation.
Placing a child in a remediation recovery program in English (Reading, Literature, and Research) and/or mathematics does not penalize a school if the student is not successful on the retake of a Standards of Learning test. Schools shall maintain evidence of a student's participation in a remediation recovery program along with the scores of any Standards of Learning tests taken following remediation in the student's record.
Remediation recovery scores will count at the school where the student was tested as a remediation recovery student. Students may be counted in remediation recovery only once for each grade or test.
The following students may not be included in remediation recovery programs:


  • Students in grade 8 who are retested because they are retained and had not passed the grade 8 test in reading or mathematics; and




  • Students who retake an end-of-course test as a result of failing and retaking an English or mathematics course at the high school.

For ratings beginning in the 2007-2008 school year, based on tests administered in the 2006-2007 school year, the following guidance applies:


Students who fail the grades 3 through 7 reading and/or mathematics tests and participate in a remediation recovery program after being promoted to the next grade will not retake the failed test or tests.
Instead, if these remediation recovery students pass the tests at the next grade, their scores will be counted twice in the school’s accreditation pass rate—once as part of the pass rate for the grade in which they are currently enrolled and a second time under remediation recovery. If a remediation recovery student fails the test, then the student’s score is counted only once for the school’s accreditation rating.
Students who fail either the grade 8 reading or mathematics test, or an end-of-course English or mathematics test, and participate in a remediation recovery program will continue to retake the applicable Standards of Learning (SOL) test at the next regularly scheduled administration.
The score of a remediation recovery student who passes the grade 8 or end-of-course reading or mathematics test will be counted in the school’s pass rate for the purposes of accreditation. If a student retakes and passes the grade 8 or an end-of-course English or mathematics test under remediation recovery, the student’s score will be counted twice, once for the purposes of accreditation and a second time as part of remediation recovery. If a remediation recovery student fails the retake of the grade 8 or end-of-course test, then the student’s score is not counted for the school’s accreditation rating.

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