DATE: June 30, 2017
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

2016-2017 Data Collection: Compliance with the Standards of Quality and Other Requirements

Each year, in accordance with § 22.1-18This link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website of the Code of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Education’s Annual Report to the General Assembly on the Condition and Needs of Public Education in Virginia includes the level of local school board compliance with the Standards of Quality (SOQ). Additionally, other legal, regulatory, and budgetary provisions specify required annual certifications or responses from each school division, such as certification of compliance with teacher evaluation requirements, pre-Labor Day opening waivers, and conditions for specially funded initiatives. This memo describes this year’s process for collecting the information needed to fulfill these requirements.

Please be advised that, to help ensure the accuracy of the compliance data submitted through this data collection, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will seek follow-up documentation from those school divisions that are noncompliant and compare it to information contained in other VDOE databases.

Beginning Monday, July 3, 2017, the 2016-2017 SOQ Compliance and Other Requirements application will be available through the Single Sign-On for Web-based Systems (SSWS) portal. All school divisions must complete data submission via the SSWS portal no later than Friday, August 4, 2017.

Please review the following information for completion of the 2016-2017 SOQ Compliance Data Collection:

If you have questions regarding this data collection, please contact the Policy Office at or (804) 225-2092.



  1. Components of the SOQ Compliance Certification and Other Required Reporting (Word)
  2. List of all questions included in the data collection (PDF)