Diploma seals; BOE shall establish criteria for awarding. (SB916)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Diploma seals; biliteracy. Requires the Board of Education to establish criteria for awarding a diploma seal of biliteracy to any student who demonstrates proficiency in a language other than English. The bill requires the Board to consider including criteria based on the student's (i) score on a College Board Advanced Placement foreign language examination, (ii) score on an SAT II Subject Test in a foreign language, (iii) proficiency level on an ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) measure or another nationally or internationally recognized language proficiency test, or (iv) cumulative grade point average in a sequence of foreign language courses approved by the Board. Amends § 22.1-253.13:4, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15101050D
01/08/2015Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/20/2015Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/27/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB916)
01/29/2015Reported from Education and Health with amendment (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2015Read second time
02/02/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/02/2015Committee amendment agreed to
02/02/2015Engrossed by Senate as amended SB916E
02/02/2015Printed as engrossed 15101050D-E
02/03/2015Read third time and passed Senate (32-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2015Placed on Calendar
02/06/2015Read first time
02/06/2015Referred to Committee on Education
02/11/2015Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2015Committee substitute printed 15104975D-H1
02/12/2015Read second time
02/13/2015Read third time
02/13/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104975D-H1
02/13/2015Engrossed by House - committee substitute SB916H1
02/13/2015Passed House with substitute BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/13/2015VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2015House substitute rejected by Senate (5-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015House insisted on substitute
02/18/2015House requested conference committee
02/20/2015Senate acceded to request (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2015Conferees appointed by Senate
02/20/2015Senators: McWaters, Wexton, Smith
02/23/2015Conferees appointed by House
02/23/2015Delegates: Ramadan, Landes, Bulova
02/25/2015C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2015Conference substitute printed 15105499D-S1
02/26/2015Passed by temporarily
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2015Conference report agreed to by House (100-Y 0-N)
02/26/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB916ER)
03/06/2015Signed by Speaker
03/07/2015Signed by President
03/10/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 3/10/15
03/10/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/23/2015G Approved by Governor-Chapter 565 (effective 7/1/15)
03/23/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0565)
03/24/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB916ER)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 4 minutes.