Vol. 26 Iss. 25 - August 16, 2010

Chapter 131
Final Regulation

REGISTRAR'S NOTICE: The State Board of Education is claiming an exemption from the Administrative Process Act in accordance with § 2.2-4006 A 4 a of the Code of Virginia, which excludes regulations that are necessary to conform to changes in Virginia statutory law where no agency discretion is involved. The State Board of Educatin will receive, consider, and respond to petitions from any interested person at any time with respect to reconsideration or revision.

Title of Regulation: 8VAC20-131. Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (amending 8VAC20-131-360).

Statutory Authority: § 22.1-253.13:3 of the Code of Virginia.

Effective Date: September 15, 2010.

Agency Contact: Anne Wescott, Assistant Superintendent, Policy and Communications, Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120, telephone (804) 225-2403, FAX (804) 225-2524, or email


The amendments delay the effective date of these regulations, with the exception of the Graduation and Completion Index prescribed in 8VAC20-131-280 and 8VAC20-131-300 and the other provisions of the regulations already in effect, until the 2011-2012 school year, pursuant to Chapter 378 of the 2010 Acts of the Assembly.

8VAC20-131-360. Effective date.

The provisions in 8VAC20-131-30 B relating to double testing and the provisions in 8VAC20-131-60 C relating to Virtual Virginia shall become effective July 31, 2009. Schools with a graduating class shall meet prescribed thresholds on a graduation and completion rate index as prescribed in 8VAC20-131-280 and 8VAC20-131-300 for accreditation ratings earned in 2010-2011 and awarded in 2011-2012. Unless otherwise specified, the remainder of these regulations shall be effective beginning with the 2010-2011 2011-2012 academic year.

VA.R. Doc. No. R10-2501; Filed July 20, 2010, 2:39 p.m.