Virginia: College and Career Policies

Virginia adopted new health standards in 2015.

Virginia adopted new world language standards in 2014.

Virginia updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The State Board of Education and State Education Agency have authority over the adoption of Career and Technical Education Standards.

Administrators must complete 180 professional development points in order to renew their license.

The assessments that are required are: Standards of Learning (all grades).

Virginia has fine arts standards in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. These standards were adopted in 2013.

Virginia has standards in 10 content areas including English, math, science, social studies, personal finance, arts, world languages, technology, health, and physical education.

Virginia has standards in 10 content areas including English, math, science, social studies, personal finance, arts, world languages, technology, health, and physical education.

Virginia adopted new physical education standards in 2015.

Virginia State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

The Virginia Department of Education has not adopted professional development standards, but they have outlined characteristics of high-quality professional development.

On April 28, 2011, the Board of Education approved the revised documents, Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers and the Virginia Standards for the Professional Practice of Teachers. The guidelines and standards became effective on July 1, 2012. The Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria set forth seven standards for all Virginia teachers. The model calls for 40 percent of teachers’ evaluations to be based on student academic progress, as determined by multiple measures of learning and achievement, including, when available and applicable, student-growth data from VDOE.

Virginia adopted new science standards in 2010.

The State Board of Education set forth standards for all Virginia teachers and called for educators to be evaluated using several mechanisms, including student growth measures and professional knowledge. The Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Administrators, and Superintendents call for educators be evaluated annually, and 40% of the evaluation be based on student performance measures.

Virginia State Board of Education has full authority over teacher licensure.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science. In proposed legislation, the Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year.

In order to obtain a Virginia teaching license, an applicant must meet, but is not always limited to, the following requirements: must have at least a BA Degree, completed a Virginia approved education program, and received passing scores on the required assessments. All state licenses are accepted.

Virginia adopted new history and social science standards in 2015.

The Virginia State Board of Education has authority to set standards by which teacher preparation programs are approved.

In order to be approved, teacher preparation programs need to follow the following 4 standards.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science. In proposed legislation, the Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year.

Virginia updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. These bylaws were updated in 2016.

Virginia requires 4 credits of English to graduate.

Teachers must complete professional development activities in order to renew their certificate.

The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English. SOL tests in reading and writing.

Virginia adopted new technology standards in 2012.