School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments. (SB1138)

Introduced By

Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


School Divisions of Innovation; performance-based assessments. Allows a local school board, when applying for its school division to be designated as a School Division of Innovation, to apply to the Board of Education (the 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. The bill requires any proposed performance-based assessment to be an adequate replacement of the relevant Standards of Learning assessment and requires students to 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 further 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 »


Bill Has Failed


12/30/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19103365D
12/30/2018Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2019Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/23/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1138)
01/24/2019Committee amendments
01/24/2019Passed by indefinitely in Education and Health (10-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)