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Graduation Benchmarks

Highlights of Proposed Revisions to the Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia – Updated May 2010

Point Values Assigned to Graduation and Completion Index in Proposed SOA
Diploma/Certificate/Other Point Value
Board recognized diplomas in SOA 100
GED 75
Still in school 70
Certificates of Program Completion 25
  • Benchmark of 85 points must be met for full accreditation rating.
  • Current index points or three-year trailing average of index points are the basis for ratings (same as current calculation for SOL pass rates).
  • Accommodations exist for alternative accreditation plans.
Benchmarks for Graduation and Completion Index and Rating of Provisionally Accredited-Graduation Rate
Academic Year Accreditation Year Point Value
2010-2011 2011-2012 80
2011-2012 2012-2013 81
2012-2013 2013-2014 82
2013-2014 2014-2015 83
2014-2015 2015-2016 84

The Provisionally Accredited-Graduation Rate Rating will not be awarded after the 2015-2016 accreditation year.

Schools rated Provisionally Accredited-Graduation Rate must undergo an academic review (see 8 VAC 20-131-310).