Standards of Quality

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Board of Education Prescriptions

2023 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality

On December 12, 2023, the Board of Education prescribed revisions to the Standards of Quality for the Commonwealth’s public schools: 2023 Prescriptions to the Standards of Quality (PDF).


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 from 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

SOQ Compliance Reporting

For information regarding annual school board reporting, please see the SOQ Compliance Data Collection webpage.

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.

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