Graduation requirements; naturalization test. (HB1306)

Introduced By

Del. Dickie Bell (R-Staunton) with support from co-patrons Del. Rich Anderson (R-Woodbridge), and Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Graduation requirements; naturalization test. Directs the Board of Education, in establishing course and credit requirements for a high school diploma, to require each eleventh grade student to achieve a passing score on the civics portion of the U.S. Naturalization Test based on the current scoring guidelines adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The bill requires the Department of Education to publish on its website school-level, school-division-level, and statewide passage rates. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100566D
11/06/2014Referred to Committee on Education
01/16/2015Assigned Education sub: Elementary and Secondary Education
02/02/2015Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (6-Y 4-N)
02/04/2015Failed to report (defeated) in Education (8-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)


Carolyn Caywood writes:

It seems only fair that each member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate pass the same test before being seated.