School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments. (SB437)

Introduced By

Sen. Jennifer Wexton (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments. Provides that a local school board applying for its school division to be designated as a School Division of Innovation may apply to the Board of Education (Board) to replace certain Standards of Learning assessments with performance-based assessments. The bill requires the Board to determine if the local school board has the capacity to administer and score performance-based assessments and provides criteria for such determination. Under the bill, any proposed performance-based assessment is required to be an adequate replacement of the relevant Standards of Learning assessment by requiring that students demonstrate the knowledge and skills required by the relevant Standards of Learning and one or more of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, or citizenship. The standards of learning assessments eligible for replacement are (i) Virginia Studies, (ii) Civics and Economics, (iii) elementary school science, and (iv) middle school science. The bill requires the Board to promulgate any necessary regulations and to submit to the U.S. Department of Education any necessary amendments to its consolidated state plan. Read the Bill »


02/08/2018: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102296D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/22/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB437)
02/01/2018Assigned Education sub: Public Education
02/08/2018Incorporated by Education and Health (SB302-Favola) (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB652 and SB302.