Standards of Learning; DOE to review multipart assessment questions, partial credit, etc. (HB1414)

Introduced By

Del. Terry Austin (R-Buchanan) with support from co-patrons Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


End-of-course and end-of-grade assessments; partial credit.Provides that when any end-of-course or end-of-grade assessment is scored, any student who provides a correct answer on at least one part of a multipart assessment question shall be awarded the appropriate amount of partial credit for such question. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


10/11/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100564D
10/11/2016Referred to Committee on Education
01/13/2017Assigned Education sub: Education Innovation
01/26/2017Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1414)
01/30/2017Reported from Education with substitute (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2017Committee substitute printed 17104647D-H1
01/31/2017Read first time
02/01/2017Read second time
02/01/2017Committee substitute agreed to 17104647D-H1
02/01/2017Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1414H1
02/02/2017Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (95-Y 0-N)
02/02/2017VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1414H1)
02/03/2017Constitutional reading dispensed
02/03/2017Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/10/2017Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/16/2017Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2017Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Read third time
02/20/2017Reading of amendment waived
02/20/2017Committee amendment agreed to
02/20/2017Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/20/2017Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2017Passed Senate with amendment (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2017Placed on Calendar
02/21/2017Senate amendment agreed to by House (94-Y 0-N)
02/21/2017VOTE: ADOPTION (94-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2017Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1414ER)
02/24/2017Signed by Speaker
02/24/2017Signed by President
02/27/2017Impact statement from DPB (HB1414ER)
02/28/2017Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on 2/28/17
02/28/2017G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 27, 2017
03/13/2017G Approved by Governor-Chapter 313 (effective 7/1/17)
03/13/2017G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0313)


Elizabeth Wait writes:

I am a Special Education teacher in Richmond, VA currently preparing my students to take the Biology and Earth Science SOLs, both of which feature several multipart assessment questions. I don't know a single teacher who would not grade similar questions based on partial credit, so I don't know why the state doesn't not offer partial credit. Five questions out of 50 may not seem like a lot, but for my students they are the difference between passing and failing. I fully support this bill and I am glad to see the General Assembly does as well.