Virginia’s most recent Profile of a Virginia Graduate lists the course and credit requirements needed to graduate. But it goes beyond SOL testing and expects that all students develop critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship skills. School divisions must also provide workplace learning experiences and career options. This can benefit students with disabilities because the focus goes beyond pure academics.
In order to pass an SOL test, a student has to have a score of 400. Some students with disabilities can’t reach that score even with testing accommodations like extra time. There are two ways a student who scores less than 400 may be able to get credits they need to gradate with a standard diploma. These are called Locally Awarded Verified Credit and Special Permission Accommodations. See information on VDOE Credit Accommodations.
For more information on graduation requirements and diploma options see: