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Accountability--Accreditation


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State Status/Date Level Summary
MOVetoed 05/2014P-12Unaccredited Districts
S.B. 493
States that when the state board classifies any district as unaccredited, the district must notify the parent or guardian of any student enrolled in that school and explain the option to transfer to another accredited school in the district, to another accredi...

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COSigned into law 04/2014P-12Accountability 2015-16 School Year
H.B. 1182
For the 2015-16 school year, the bill authorizes the Colorado Department of Education to assign accreditation ratings and recommend performance plan types based on the school district's, State Charter School Institute's, or public school's:
• accreditation rat...

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COSigned into law 02/2014P-12Clarification of Definition of Public School
H.B. 1078
Clarifies that, for purposes of the accreditation statutes, a public school includes an on-line school but not an on-line program.
http://www.leg.state.co.us/clics/clics2014a/csl.nsf/fsbillcont3/3E77C928ED6B8F5987257C360075FF40?Open&file=1078_enr.pdf...

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TXSigned into law 06/2013P-12Investigation of Alleged Inaccurate Data Being Reported
S.B. 123
Permits (previously required) the commissioner of education to authorize special accreditation investigations under specified circumstances. Authorizes a special accreditation investigation to be conducted in response to a complaint to the agency regarding all...

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COSigned into law 05/2013P-12K-12 Accreditation Criteria for Alternative Education Campus
S.B. 217
Requires that state board accreditation rules for districts and state charter school institutes take into consideration the performance of students in the district or institute's alternative education campuses, taking into account the unique purposes of the ca...

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VASigned into law 05/2013P-12Statewide School Division: The Opportunity Educational Institution
S.B. 1324
Creates astatewide school division called the Opportunity Educational Institution to be administered and supervised by the Opportunity Educational Institution Board (also established by this bill). Requires any school that has been denied accreditation and p...

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MTVetoed 04/2013P-12Processes for Changes to Any Accreditation Standard
S.B. 302
SB 302 requires the Board of Public Education (BPE), prior to adoption or amendment of any accreditation standard, to submit proposals to the Education and Local Government Interim Committee (ELG). During periods that the legislature is not in regular session,...

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WVSigned into law 04/2013P-12School/District Efficiency
S.B. 359
Outlines alternative school and district measurements to ensure that all students receive thorough, efficient education. Delineates roles of schools, districts, and state board of education. Requires state board to reform the statewide assessment program and d...

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MTAdopted 10/2012P-12Accreditation, Including Teacher Evaluation
ARM 10.55.601-1003
Modifies accreditation. One modification deletes old section on teacher evaluation and replaces with new. Requires that evaluation system for licensed staff:
(i) be conducted at least annually for nontenure staff and on a regular schedule adopted by the distri...

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MTAdopted 10/2012P-12Assessment Required for Accrediation
ARM 10.56.101
Chapter 55 Accreditation Standards provide a framework to ensure the constitutional right of every Montana student to a basic system of free quality public
schools that develops the full educational potential of every student and that 1. recognizes the uniquen...

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MSSigned into law 05/2012P-12Authorizes Consolidation of Low-Performing Schools and School Districts in Emergency Situations
S.B. 2737
Relating to low-performing schools and school districts: Provides that if a local school district violates accreditation standards determined to be the basis for immediate withdrawal of accreditation, there shall be a show cause hearing conducted by the commis...

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OKSigned into law 05/2012P-12Temporary Waiver for Certain Mandates
S.B. 1443
Extends the period during which schools cannot be penalized or denied accreditation for failure to comply with certain standards such as textbook adoption. Allows schools to not comply with certain education mandates for two more years --until June 30, 2013, a...

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IDAdopted 05/2012P-12Rules Governing School Accreditation and Uniformity
ID ADC 08.02.02.140
All public secondary schools, serving any grade(s) 9-12, will be accredited. Accreditation is voluntary for elementary schools, grades K-8, and private and parochial schools.

Schools will develop continuous school improvement plans focused on the improvement ...

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IDSigned into law 03/2012P-12Creating a Process to Ensure all Schools can Participate in State Functions Such as Playoffs
S.B. 1301
Directs the state department of education to define and implement a process outlining secondary school accreditation requirements for the purpose of participation in
extra-curricular activities so as to remove current regulatory barriers to schools' ability to...

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VASigned into law 03/2012P-12High School Accreditation; Industry Certifications
H.B. 642/S.B. 514
Requires the Board of Education to adopt regulations adjusting the formula for calculating the final high school accreditation status to add points for each student obtaining a diploma and certain industry certifications, state licensure, or occupational crede...

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NHSigned into law 07/2011P-12Accountability Standards met with NEASC Accreditation
H.B. 130
Allows a school to demonstrate compliance with New Hampshire's input-based school accountability standards by furnishing evidence that it has received full accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); a school may demonstrate...

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NCSigned into law 06/2011P-12High School Accrediation
H.B. 342
Provides that the State Board of Education (SBE) is an authorized accrediting entity for public schools. Requires the SBE to adopt rigorous academic standards for accrediation taking into consideration: (1) Standards of regional and national accrediting agenci...

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NDSigned into law 05/2011P-12Certification System for Public and Nonpublic Schools
H.B. 1029
Establishes a certification system for the approval of public and nonpublic schools. Authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to withhold state aid from public schools that are not in compliance. If a nonpublic school is not in compliance, the Super...

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ARSigned into law 04/2011P-12Charter School Reporting
S.B. 436
Requires a public charter school to annually submit a report detailing: (1) The number of applications for enrollment received; (2) The number of applicants with a disability identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Act; (3) The number of application...

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VASigned into law 03/2011P-12Alternative Accreditation
H.B. 2494
Provides that any school board, on behalf of one or more of its schools, may request from the Board of Education releases from state regulations and approval of an individual School Accreditation Plan.
http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?111+ful+HB2494...

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VASigned into law 02/2011P-12Delayed Implementation of Certain Statutes and Regulations
H.B. 1554/S.B. 810
Provides for the delayed implementation of statutes and regulations upon which the accreditation of schools in the Commonwealth is based that were not already in effect on June 30, 2008, with the exception of the graduation and completion rate index and the ec...

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TXAdopted 07/2010P-12Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions
19 TAC 97.1051-1073
Makes various changes to state accountability provisions. Language below primarily from July 23, 2010 Texas Register.
97.1051: Amends definitions. Changes the definition of "campus closure" to remove references to "repurposing," which is now defined in statute...

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MOSigned into law 06/2010P-12Accreditation
H.B. 1543--Multiple Provisions
In fiscal years 2011 through 2013, the Department of Education cannot penalize a school district on its accreditation review for failing to achieve resource standards if the school funding formula or transportation categorical is underfunded as specified and t...

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MSSigned into law 04/2010P-12Schools At Risk
H.B. 1097
Requires the Department of Education to provide assistance to certain schools not meeting adequate performance of accreditation standards. Requires schools at-risk to be identified by specified criteria. Authorizes evaluation teams to conduct on- site audits. ...

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VASigned into law 03/2010P-12Delaying Implementation of Certain Statutes
H.B. 111/S.B. 352
Relates to delayed implementation of certain statutes and regulations upon which accreditation is based, with the exception of the graduation and completion rate index, unless such statutes or regulations are also specifically required by federal code, federal...

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IASigned into law 03/2010P-12Deaccreditation of Districts and/or Nonpublic Schools
S.B. 2289
Allows for the deaccreditation of districts or nonpublic schools. Allows the director of the department of education to order the positive fund balances held by a deaccredited school district to be transferred to the school's general fund if the school's gener...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Special Accreditation Investigations
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part II
Adds to circumstances under which special accreditation investigations must be conducted. Directs the commissioner to authorize special accreditation investigations to be conducted when:
(1) A significant pattern of decreased academic performance has develope...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12Assistance to Low-Performing Districts and Schools
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part IV
Amends language regarding actions the commissioner may take as regards a district that does not satisfy accreditation criteria, academic performance standards or any financial accountability standard. Provides that the commissioner may order the preparation of...

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COSigned into law 05/2009P-12School Accountability and Accreditation
S.B. 163
Repeals and reenacts the Educational Accreditation Act of 1998 to align accountability and accreditation measures and procedures; assigns specified related duties to the State Board of Education in regard to accountability to include measuring student academic...

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IASigned into law 04/2009P-12Accreditation
S.B. 360
Relates to the accreditation of school districts and nonpublic schools and the reorganization of school districts. If a recommendation is for the district to no longer be accredited, requires a list of deficiencies and a list of available resources for technic...

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VASigned into law 03/2009P-12Delay of Accreditation Implementation
H.B. 2166
Provides for the delayed implementation of statutes, regulations and standards upon which the accreditation of schools or school divisions in the Commonwealth is based that are not already in effect; relates to passing rates for full accreditation based on ass...

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MSSigned into law 03/2009P-12School District Accreditation Levels
S.B. 2308
Relates to school district accreditation levels; revises accreditation terminology.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/documents/2009/pdf/SB/2300-2399/SB2308SG.pdf...

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TXAdopted 12/2007P-12Accountability
19 TAC Chapter 97
Adopts new 19 TAC Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions. The new subchapter defines the accreditation statuses of Accredited, Accredited-Warned, Accredited-Probation, and Not Accredited-Revoked a...

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UTAdopted 08/2007P-12Accreditation of Secondary Schools
R277-413
Deletes previous Northwest Association of Accredited Schools and State Board of Education accreditation standards and provides newly revised standards.
http://www.rules.utah.gov/publicat/bull_pdf/2007/b20070701.pdf (p.12)...

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SDSigned into law 03/2007P-12Expands Use of State Institute Fund
S.B. 68
Adds support activities related to school accreditation and teacher training and retention to the list of purposes for use of the State Institute Fund by the Department of Education.
http://legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2007/bills/SB68enr.pdf...

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VARule Adoption 07/2006P-12Standards For Accrediting Public Schools
8 VAC 20-131-10 thru -320 non seq.
Amends regulations establishing standards for accrediting public schools in Virginia. The amendments include additional options for students to meet the requirements for graduation; change the methodology for calculating accreditation ratings; create greater ...

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WVRule Adoption 06/2006P-12Performance Based Accreditation System
Title 126, Series 13
Amends rules regarding a process for improving education and a performance-based accreditation system. http://www.wvsos.com/csrdocs/pdfdocs/126-013.pdf ...

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KSSigned into law 05/2006P-12School Accreditation and Resource Allocation
S.B. 549 - Section 1
Provides that whenever the state board determines that a school has failed either to meet the accreditation requirements or standards adopted by the state board
or provide the curriculum required by state law, the state board must notify the district in which ...

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MOSigned into law 05/2006P-12Lapse of Provisional Accrediation
S.B. 894
If a school district has been classified as unaccredited within the previous five school years and the district is subsequently classified as provisionally accredited, the district will be subject to lapse on June 30 of any school year in which the state board...

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MISigned into law 04/2006P-12New High School Graduation Requirements
H.B. 5606
Establishes statewide high school graduation requirements effective with the class of 2010, including 4 units English; 3 units science, including biology and either chemistry or physics. Strongly encourages students to complete a fourth credit in science, such...

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MSSigned into law 03/2006P-12Exempting Level 4 or 5 Accredited Districts from Certain Requirements
H.B. 1121
Relates to school districts; establishes home rule; exempts Level 4 or 5 accredited districts from certain requirements. Authorizes the State Board of Education to exempt any school district meeting Level 4 or 5 state accreditation standards from any compulsor...

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WVRule Adoption 07/2005P-12Performance Based Accreditation System
Title 126, Series 13
Amends rules relating to a performance based accreditation system to improve education. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4602 (SN)...

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COSigned into law 06/2005P-12Accreditation Indicators and Dropout/Graduation Rates
S.B. 91
Standardizes the calculation of graduation rates and dropout rates that are required to be reported by school districts for accreditation. Standardizes and requires the reporting of continuing education rates and mobility rates by school districts for accredit...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12Evaluation of State Accountability System and Revised Designations
S.B. 214 (Section 1-2)
Requires the department to contract every 3 years for an independent evaluation of the state accountability system and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Requires the evaluation to include:
(1) The impact of the accountability systems on learning and teach...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12School Accountability Reports and State Accreditation
S.B. 214 (Section 4-6)
Section 4: Repeals and reenacts 22-7-605 pertaining to the content and format of state-mandated school accountability reports.

Section 5: Adds new subsection requiring the department to print selected school accountability reports in Spanish. Requires the de...

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COVetoed 06/2005P-12Diagnostic Academic Growth Calculation
S.B. 214 (Section 7-8)
Section 7: Encourages the state board to establish accreditation indicators based in part on the diagnostic academic growth calculation added by paragraph (d), section 22-7-604.3.

Section 8: Creates new paragraph (d) in section 22-7-604.3. States that a diagn...

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KSBecame law without governor's signature 04/2005P-12
H.B. 2247 (section 6)
Requires every accredited school to teach the subjects and areas of instruction adopted by the state board of education as of January 1, 2005. Requires every accredited high school to also teach the subjects and areas of instruction necessary to meet the gradu...

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KSBecame law without governor's signature 04/2005P-122010 Commission
H.B. 2247 (section 7-9)
Establishes the 2010 Commission. States that the commission shall cease to exist on December 31, 2010. Requires the commission to:
(a) Conduct continuous and on-going monitoring of the implementation and operation of the school district finance and quality per...

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ARSigned into law 04/2005P-12Accreditation Standards
H.B. 2757
Requires the department of education to conduct an on-campus Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools review for each school district in the state at least once every four years. Authorizes the department of education to visit any school campus f...

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OHRule Adoption 10/2004P-12Accreditation of Education Programs
OAC 4715-12-04
Amends rules regarding accreditation of education programs, applications, fees, suspensions, and revocations. OHIO REG 11562 (SN)...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Special Education in Private Schools
A.B. 1858 (multiple provisions)
Require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to conduct an investigation onsite at any time without prior notice when there is substantial reason to believe that there is an immediate danger to the health, safety, or welfare of a child, and to monitor the ...

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CASigned into law 09/2004P-12Nonpublic Schools Serving Special Education Students
A.B. 1858 (multiple provisions)
Requires a master contracts with nonpublic, nonsectarian schools for the provision of special education and related services to include that, with respect to a nonpublic, nonsectarian school that is associated with a licensed children's institution, there be a...

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WVRule Adoption 07/2004P-12Performance Based Accreditation System
Title 126, Series 13
Amends rules regarding a process for improving education through a performance based accreditation system. WEST VIRGINIA REG 4415 (SN)...

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VASigned into law 04/2004P-12Standards of Quality
S.B. 479, H.B. 1014
Reorganizes the Standards of Quality and makes substantive amendments that would (i) increase from one half-time to one full-time principal in elementary schools with fewer than 300 students; (ii) provide one full-time assistant principal for each 400 students...

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ARRule Adoption 11/2003P-12Standards for Accreditation of Public Schools
ADE 156
Establishes rules governing standards of accreditation of Arkansas public schools. http://arkedu.state.ar.us/pdf/ade%20156%20standards.pdf...

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ARRule Adoption 06/2003P-12Standards/Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools
Uncodified
Establishes rules regarding standards for accreditation of Arkansas public schools; describes the process for how public schools or districts will be cited or placed in probationary status for failure to meet standards of accreditation; establishes enforcement...

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TXRule Adoption 05/2003P-12Youth Commission Schools
37 TAC 91.41
Amends rules concerning education administration. Clarifies that Youth Commission schools are accredited under certain provisions. TEXAS REG 85576 (SN)...

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AREmergency Rule Adoption 04/2003P-12Emergency Amendment to Standards of Accreditation
ADE 153
Allow the Arkansas State Board of Education to waive the minimum of 178 days required in the Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools for the purposes of professional development or natural necessity due to inclement weather, fire, natural disast...

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ARSigned into law 04/2003P-12Quality Education Act of 2003 - Accreditation
H.B. 2697 (Omnibus Bill)
Amends 6-15-202 - 6-15-209. Revises state accreditation regulations and consequences for schools and districts failing to meet Arkansas Standards of Accreditation. http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/ftproot/bills/2003/public/HB2697.pdf...

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COSigned into law 06/2002P-12Testing and Reporting of K-12 ESL Students
S.B. 109
Requires department to develop single test for districts to identify students eligible to participate in K-12 English language proficiency programs; establish statewide proficiency levels and accomodations on test; and disaggregate testing data to track the ac...

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KSSigned into law 05/2002P-12Curriculum Standards Review, State School Report Card, Pupil Performance Study
S.B. 9
Requires review of curriculum standards in certain core academic areas every five instead of three years. Changes date to requires state board to prepare public education performance report card on or before January 1 of each academic year. Eliminates language...

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VASigned into law 03/2002P-12Guidance Counselors, Reading Specialists
H.B. 1136
Amends the Standards of Quality to require, within the Standards of Accreditation, guidance counselors in elementary schools at the following staffing levels: one hour per day per 100 students, one full-time at 500 students, and one hour per day additional tim...

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CASigned into law 10/2001P-12Posting Information on losing accreditation
A.B. 1725
Chapter No.598, Requires a school board to give official notice at a school board meeting if a public school within the district that has elected to be accredited loses its accreditation. Requires written notice to parents or guardians of students if a school ...

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NVSigned into law 05/2001P-12Exemption from Accreditation
S.B. 223
Exempts elementary and secondary education institutions operated by churches, religious organizations and faith-based ministries from requirements of the Private Elementary and Secondary Education Authorization Act. Before a child enrolls in an institution th...

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NDSigned into law 04/2001P-12Waivers
S.B. 2166
Allows any school or school district to apply to the superintendent of public instruction for a waiver
of any rule governing the accreditation of schools, provided the waiver encourages innovation, has
the potential to result in improved education opportuniti...

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NMVetoed 04/2001P-12Accreditation Process
S.B. 661
Increases the cycle of accreditation from three years to six years. The language in the bill leaves the cycle open so that some schools can be visited more often than the current three years, and some less often. These changes support an effort to shift the fo...

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ARSigned into law 03/2001P-12Minimum Wage for School Employees
H.B. 2553
From the legislation:

FULL-TIME CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE SHALL NOT RECEIVE AN HOURLY RATE OF COMPENSATION LESS THAN SIX DOLLARS AND TWENTY FIVE CENTS ($ 6.25) PER HOUR. ...

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VASigned into law 03/2001P-12Admission Contingent on Accreditation
S.B. 1324
Provides that the failure of a Virginia public high school to achieve full accreditation pursuant to the Standards of Accreditation promulgated by the board of education shall not be the sole criterion for denial of admission and enrollment of a student gradua...

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MTSigned into law 03/2001P-12Multiyear accreditation of schools; accreditation of 7th and 8th grades funded at high school rates
H.B. 103
Allows for multiyear accreditation of schools; requires compliance with teacher certification laws to receive multiyear accreditation; provides for accreditation of 7th and 8th grades funded at high school rates....

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VASigned into law 02/2001P-12Using Accreditation as Factor for Admission
H.B. 2144
Provides that the failure of a Virginia public high school to achieve full accreditation shall not be the sole criterion for denial of admission and enrollment of a student graduating from such high school to a public institution of higher education in Virgini...

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COVetoed 06/2000P-12State Board Accreditation of Schools
H.B. 1219
Concerns accreditation by the State Board of Education; provides that the Board of Education will appraise and accredit school districts in this state and submit recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly for improvements in education....

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IASigned into law 05/2000P-12Accreditation Standards
H.B. 2474
Provides for the adoption of administrative rules; requires school districts and accredited nonpublic schools to adopt policies relating to health services, media services programs and guidance programs as part of the accreditation standards applicable to scho...

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VASigned into law 02/2000P-12Transfer of Credits, Accreditation
H.B. 987
Provides that the Board of Education recognizes, for purposes of facilitating the transfer of academic credits for students who have attended private schools and are now enrolling in public schools and to satisfy the accreditation requirement for an exemption ...

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TXSigned into law 06/1999P-12Accreditation and Accountability
H.B. 3 - Section 59 - Part I
Makes former Section 39.071 new Section 39.051, and repeals portions of existing 39.051, "Academic Excellence Indicators." Provides that in determining a district's accreditation status, the commissioner must evaluate performance on the student achievement ind...

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