Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments. (SB203)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News) with support from co-patrons Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke), Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City), and Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; Standards of Learning assessments. Reduces the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The bill requires the Board of Education to adopt and implement a transition plan over two years beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. Read the Bill »


02/04/2016: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/05/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101468D
01/05/2016Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/21/2016Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/29/2016Impact statement from DOE/COO (SB203)
02/04/2016Committee substitute printed to Web only 16105139D-S1
02/04/2016Incorporates SB441
02/04/2016Incorporates SB498
02/04/2016Incorporates SB525
02/04/2016Continued to 2017 in Education and Health (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Molly writes:

Thank you for recognizing this issue. I wish it could be looked at sooner.

Kristie writes:

Please don't give up on this issue! It is so sad to watch third graders in tears over these test. The fact that second graders are being forced to take computerized test is even more appalling!

Harrison writes:

I also wished this could've been done a lot sooner...if SB 203 is passed in 2017 and goes back to the initial 17 sol's needed to pass for graduation, how does that affect prior year students who weren't allowed to receive their high school diploma's?

Gary writes:

Disappointed this was delayed. These standardized tests are a waste of tax money and measure absolutely nothing. People have been sold a bottle of snake oil claiming accountability when the tests themselves are flawed.

Deneen writes:

Please keep this issue front and center! Keep this bill active! This has been long needed! Testing kids on what they learned one year before is a problem let a lone two years prior. Why can't students be tested quarterly with smaller test space out in between the four. Repetition! Repetition! Repetition! Science can be worked into Math and Math into Science. This can also work with other subjects. i.e. History- students learned about George Washington follow it up in English, i.e. Underline all adjectives : Washington was a great general and the first President of the United States. There are already successful models out there that would not break the bank !This generation is impacted by video games, cell phones, computers, and TV. All which stimulate the brain. The public school system needs to invested in making education more interesting. Many students have success in subjects in which they are interested, but adding a little zest and creativity will give other subjects a boast. Again, students learn faster and are more interested when teachers make the ABC's of learning more interesting. Teachers can teach better when they are not under strict mandates. They can come up constructive ideas to help their students grow and succeed to their potential. Americans want to be the best and brightest and that's great, however; pressuring teachers and students to score high marks on SOL testing is not working. Cumulative testing no! Less testing and more repetition prepare students for the larger test.