Students, certain, with limited English proficiency; Board shall make provision in its regulations. (HB936)

Introduced By

Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville) with support from co-patrons Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly), and Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Certain students with limited English proficiency; standard diploma; credit accommodations. Requires the Board of Education to provide in its regulations for credit accommodations for any student with limited English proficiency who entered and established residence in the United States for the first time during the summer immediately preceding his sixth grade year or later to earn a standard diploma. The bill requires such credit accommodations to permit local school divisions to award verified units of credit to such students who have failed English or mathematics Standards of Learning assessments by a narrow margin. Read the Bill »


02/25/2016: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102198D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2016Assigned to sub: Education Innovation
01/19/2016Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation
02/01/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (HB936)
02/09/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (9-Y 0-N)
02/10/2016Reported from Education with substitute (16-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2016Committee substitute printed 16105357D-H1
02/11/2016Read first time
02/12/2016Read second time
02/12/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16105357D-H1
02/12/2016Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB936H1
02/15/2016Read third time and passed House (69-Y 30-N)
02/15/2016VOTE: PASSAGE (69-Y 30-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2016Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/18/2016Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/18/2016Impact statement from DPB (HB936H1)
02/25/2016Continued to 2017 in Education and Health (10-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)


Bill writes:

Two items are unclear:
Are these children entering the country legally?

Just how narrow is a narrow margin?
How is it determined that the goal was missed because of the lack of knowing English or the lack of effort to learn English ??