School Ratings System Changes Pending

The Virginia Board of Education has approved a significant change to the school accreditation model, aiming to provide more clarity and transparency to parents. In a 7-1 vote, the board decided to implement a new system that publicly ranks each Virginia school with at least four performance categories. This overhaul comes after criticism from Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s administration, which argued that the current system lacks transparency and is confusing for parents. The proposed changes include a shift away from the current designations of “accredited,” “accredited with conditions,” or “not accredited,” towards a more detailed rating system.