The 2012 General Assembly amended the Code of Virginia to emphasize college and workplace readiness for all students — including students with disabilities. The legislation eliminated the Modified Standard Diploma, effective with students entering the ninth grade for the first time in 2013-2014. The General Assembly also directed the Board of Education to make provisions for students with disabilities who previously would have been candidates for the Modified Standard Diploma.
This training is intended for staff who work closely with students in preparing for graduation and would work to train additional staff in their division. Staff may include but is not limited to, special education lead teachers, guidance counselors and school administrators.
Virginia Department of Education
The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.