Public high schools; Standards of Learning assessments. (SB1218)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest) with support from co-patrons Sen. Glen Sturtevant (R-Midlothian), and Sen. David Suetterlein (R-Salem)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public high schools; Standards of Learning assessments. Requires the Standards of Learning assessments administered to students in grades nine through 12 to include reading, writing, mathematics, biology, and Virginia and U.S. history. The bill requires each such Standards of Learning assessment to consist of a Board-developed end-of-course assessment and prohibits such from being performance-based. The bill requires each school board to annually certify that it has provided instruction and administered an alternative assessment, consistent with Board guidelines, to students enrolled in a high school course in mathematics, science, or history and social science for which an end-of-course Standards of Learning assessment was administered prior to July 1, 2019, and was subsequently eliminated by the Board. The bill requires the Department of Education to perform reviews on such locally administered alternative assessments for high school courses and to report such review based on the 2019-2020 school year outcomes to the Chairmen of the House Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education and Health by December 1, 2020. The bill requires the Board, in its graduation requirements, to require students to earn a verified unit of credit in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and Virginia and U.S. History. The bill requires each such verified credit to be earned only by (i) the successful completion of a Board-developed end-of-course Standards of Learning assessment; (ii) achievement of a passing score on a Board-approved standardized test administered on a statewide, multistate, or international basis that measures content that incorporates or exceeds the Standards of Learning content in the course for which the verified credit is given; or (iii) achievement of criteria for the receipt of a locally awarded verified credit from the local school board in accordance with criteria established in Board guidelines when the student has not passed the corresponding Standards of Learning assessment. The bill authorizes the Board to permit transfer students to graduate with a reduced number of credits. The provisions of the bill requiring certain verified credit become effective beginning with first-time ninth grade students in the 2019-2020 school year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102794D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/16/2019Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/22/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1218)
01/24/2019Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2019Committee substitute printed 19105522D-S1
01/24/2019Incorporates SB1525 (Sturtevant)
01/24/2019Incorporates SB1585 (Suetterlein)
01/24/2019Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1218S1)
01/31/2019Reported from Finance with amendment (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Read second time
02/05/2019Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2019Committee substitute agreed to 19105522D-S1
02/05/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/05/2019Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1218ES1
02/05/2019Printed as engrossed 19105522D-ES1
02/05/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2019Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2019Placed on Calendar
02/08/2019Read first time
02/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education
02/08/2019Assigned Education sub: Subcommittee #1
02/08/2019Impact statement from DPB (SB1218ES1)
02/11/2019House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/19/2019Left in Education