Diversifying Teacher Workforce Act; teacher licensure, criteria, etc. (SB1397)

Introduced By

Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Teacher licensure; criteria; assessments. Requires the Board of Education to issue a license to an individual seeking initial licensure who has not completed the professional assessments prescribed by the Board, if such individual (i) holds a provisional license that will expire within three months, (ii) is employed by a school board, (iii) is recommended for licensure by the division superintendent, (iv) has attempted, unsuccessfully, to obtain a qualifying score on the professional assessments prescribed by the Board, (v) has received an evaluation rating of proficient or above on the performance standards for each year of the provisional license and such evaluation was conducted in a manner consistent with the Guidelines for Uniform Performance Standards and Evaluation Criteria for Teachers, Principals, and Superintendents, and (vi) meets all other requirements for initial licensure. The bill removes the requirement that the Board of Education prescribe an assessment of basic skills for individuals seeking entry into an approved education preparation program and establish a minimum passing score for such assessment. Amends § 22.1-298.1, § 22.1-298.2, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


01/09/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Education and Health Committee


01/08/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101852D
01/08/2019Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/09/2019Assigned Education sub: Public Education

Hearing Scheduled

This bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Education and Health committee on 01/17/2019. It meets on Thursday, 8:30 A.M.—Senate Room B.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB2037.

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