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

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
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Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Public high schools; Standards of Learning assessments. Requires the Standards of Learning assessments administered to students in grades nine through twelve to include reading, writing, mathematics, science, 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 taking other high school courses in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and history and social science. The bill requires such Board guidelines to ensure that such assessments produce quantifiable metrics and performance measures that are comparable across school divisions and years. The bill requires the Department of Education to perform reviews and performance audits on such locally administered alternative assessments for high school courses. 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. Amends § 22.1-253.13:3, § 22.1-253.13:4, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »

Status

01/04/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee

History

DateAction
01/04/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19102794D
01/04/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education and Health’s Public Education subcommittee on 01/17/2019. It meets on Monday, 1/2 hour after adjournment, 4th Floor East.

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