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Virginia Delivers Free E-Transcripts for Its High School Students

Virginia will offer current high school students free, unlimited delivery of electronic transcripts to simplify the process of applying to postsecondary schools and jobs.

The Virginia Department of Education has selected Parchment as the e-transcript provider for its "Virginia eTranscript" program serving more than 88,000 high school seniors in 331 high schools. Virginia high schools that are already using other e-transcript services will be able to use Parchment's data exchange services.

The Department of Education will also provide all Virginia higher education institutions with e-transcript receiving tools through the Parchment Receive platform, so they will be able to receive e-transcripts as machine readable data to simplify the admission and evaluation process.

According to the company, Parchment makes it easier "to request, verify and share educational credentials electronically and with any recipient." Parchment has received the P20W Electronic Standards Council (PESC) Seal of Approval for its implementation of PESC Approved Standards. Parchment also integrates with the Standardization of Postsecondary Education Data Exchange (SPEEDE) Server and is a supporter of the Global Registrar EduRecord Exchange Network (GREEN) for higher education. According to the company's site, transcripts sent electronically through Parchment are fully secure and FERPA compliant.

With this agreement, Virginia becomes the eleventh state to offer statewide e-transcript services. Other states include Alaska, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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