- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Board of Education has revised its school accreditation standards.

The board tells Virginia media outlets that the change - which goes into effect Thursday - was made to recognize schools’ progress toward meeting the Commonwealth’s high expectations for student learning and achievement.

The revision will create new ratings to differentiate schools that are close to meeting the requirements for full accreditation, or that are making significant progress, from those that are not.

Schools that are close to earning full accreditation or schools that are making “acceptable” progress will now earn one of four “partially accredited” ratings. The “Accredited with Warning” and “Conditionally Accredited-Reconstituted School” ratings have been replaced by three new ratings.

The Board is scheduled to approve criteria for awarding partial accreditation at its Oct. 22 meeting.

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