Virginia Standards of Quality

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The Board of Education’s 2021 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality

On October 21, 2021, the Board of Education prescribed revisions to the Standards of Quality for the Commonwealth’s public schools: 2021 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality (Word). The 2022 General Assembly did not provide adequate funding for the prescribed SOQ.


The Constitution of Virginia (Article VIII, § 2) requires the Board of Education to prescribe standards of quality for the public schools of Virginia, subject to revision only by the General Assembly. These standards, found in the Code of Virginia at §§ 22.1-253.13:1 through 22.1-253.13:10, are known as the Standards of Quality (SOQ) and encompass the requirements that must be met by all Virginia public schools and school divisions. Every two years, as required by the Code, the Board of Education reviews the SOQ for necessary revisions. In conducting the review, the board seeks public comment including suggestions and concerns of educators, parents, students, employers, civic and community leaders, and other interested citizens in addressing the needs, priorities, and programs in public schools across Virginia. The board accepts comments at

2021 Standards of Quality

SOQ Compliance Reporting

For information regarding annual school board reporting, please see Standards of Quality (SOQ) & Other Requirements Compliance Reporting.

Board of Education Committee on the SOQ

For information regarding the Board of Education Committee on the SOQ, please see Committee on the Standards of Quality.

Previous Versions of the Standards of Quality

2020 Standards of Quality

2019 Standards of Quality

2018 Standards of Quality

2017 Standards of Quality

2016 Standards of Quality

2015 Standards of Quality

2014 Standards of Quality

2013 Standards of Quality

2012 Standards of Quality

2011 Standards of Quality

2010 Standards of Quality

See Board of Education Agenda Item I (PDF) for additional information regarding proposed legislation reviewed by the board in late 2010 and approved by the board in early 2011. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly and became effective July 1, 2011.