High school graduation requirements; substitution of computer coding for foreign language credit. (HB443)

Introduced By

Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy (D-Woodbridge) with support from co-patron Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

High school graduation requirements; substitution of computer coding credit for foreign language credit. Requires the Board of Education, in establishing high school graduation requirements, to permit any English language learner who previously earned a sufficient score on an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate foreign language examination or an SAT II Subject Test in a foreign language to substitute computer coding course credit for any foreign language course credit required to graduate, except in cases in which such foreign language course credit is required to earn an advanced diploma offered by a nationally recognized provider of college-level courses. Amends § 22.1-253.13:4, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/06/2018Committee
01/06/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102153D
01/06/2018Referred to Committee on Education
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB443)
01/19/2018Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #3
01/29/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/31/2018Reported from Education with substitute (15-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2018Committee substitute printed 18105253D-H1
02/02/2018Read first time
02/05/2018Passed by for the day
02/06/2018Floor substitute printed 18106818D-H2 (Carroll Foy)
02/06/2018Read second time
02/06/2018Committee substitute rejected 18105253D-H1
02/06/2018Substitute by Delegate Carroll Foy agreed to 18106818D-H2
02/06/2018Engrossed by House - floor substitute HB443H2
02/06/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB443H2)
02/07/2018Read third time and passed House (80-Y 18-N)
02/07/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (80-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/08/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/21/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
03/01/2018Reported from Education and Health with amendment (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2018Passed by for the day
03/06/2018Passed by for the day
03/07/2018Read third time
03/07/2018Reading of amendment waived
03/07/2018Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2018Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/07/2018Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Placed on Calendar
03/08/2018Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 97-N)
03/08/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate insisted on amendment (37-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Carroll Foy, Landes, Robinson
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: Carrico, Peake, Lewis
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (76-Y 18-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (76-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Enrolled
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB443ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB443ER)
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
03/30/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 716 (effective 7/1/18)
03/30/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0716)

Video

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 3 minutes.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB576.

Comments

Janet Bing writes:

HB 576 High school graduation requirements; substitution of computer coding for foreign language credit.
I have a PhD in linguistics, and I have spent most of my life studying how and why people learn languages and the value of multilingualism and learning foreign languages. I also recognize the value of students learning to program computer languages, but they are not languages. However:
• The purposes for learning a computer language and a foreign language are entirely different. Both are valuable for different reasons.
• There is convincing research that shows that knowledge of more than one language increases young people’s intelligence and, of course, the earlier a second and third language is learned, the easier it is.
• Many monolinguals do not appreciate the pitfalls of translation, nor do they understand the relationship of culture to language. Today it is crucial that people from different cultures can interact and cooperate.
• Our high school students will be competing with students from other states, as well as foreign students both for university admissions and jobs.
• Computer languages are not languages.
• Many colleges require a second language for graduation

Janet Bing writes:

I have a PhD in linguistics, and I have spent most of my life studying how and why people learn languages and the value of multilingualism and learning foreign languages. I also recognize the value of students learning to program computer languages, but computer languages are not languages, and one cannot be a substitute for another, for many reasons:
• The purposes for learning a computer language and a foreign language are entirely different. Both are valuable for different reasons.
• There is convincing research that shows that knowledge of more than one language increases young people’s intelligence and, of course, the earlier second and third languages are learned, the easier they are learned.
• Many monolinguals do not appreciate the pitfalls of translation, nor do they understand the relationship of culture to language. Today it is crucial that people from different cultures can interact and cooperate.
• Our high school students will be competing with students from other states, as well as foreign students both for university admissions and jobs.
• Computer languages are not languages.
• Many colleges require a second language for graduation

Susan Butler writes:

I am a high school foreign language teacher. Why does it feel like we are going backward, not forward? Computer coding has its place and purpose, but why use it as a requirement for a foreign language which it is not? Both have value. We should be requiring computer classes as well as foreign language, not one or the other.

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