A constituent recently asked me to investigate the School Division's ability to waive "seat time" requirements for students who can demonstrate mastery by being tested in a subject. The idea is the student can receive credit for a course without sitting in the seat for the instruction, and thus focus on more challenging coursework.
I raised this issue during multiple presentations on the School Division's gifted programs this Summer and learned that our current policy does not allow us to waive seat time but that other divisions in Virginia (ex. Hanover County) had policies that allowed them to do so, to some degree.
At last night's School Board meeting, under other business by board members, I verified that the School Board had reached consensus that the waiver of seat time should be assessed by staff and that policy options would be reported back to the Board. I'll report back what is found in their research. Brian