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Virginia’s revised graduation requirements maintain high expectations for learning in English, math, science and history/social science while reducing the number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests students must pass to earn a high school diploma. The new standards also implement the “Profile of a Virginia Graduate,” which describes the knowledge, skills, attributes and experiences identified by employers, higher education and the state Board of Education as critical for future success.

Profile of a Virginia Graduate

A student meeting the Profile of a Virginia Graduate has achieved the commonwealth’s high academic standards and graduates with workplace skills, a sense of community and civic responsibility and a career plan aligned with his or her interests and experiences.

The Five C’s

In preparing students to meet the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, schools are required to ensure that students develop the following competencies known as the “Five C’s”:

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Citizenship


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