Virginia Literacy Act; early student literacy, evidence-based literacy instruction, etc. (HB319)

Introduced By

Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield) with support from 17 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. John Avoli (R-Staunton), Del. Mike Cherry (R-Colonial Heights), Del. Glenn Davis (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Karrie Delaney (D-Centreville), Del. James Edmunds (R-South Boston), Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington), Del. Clinton Jenkins (D-Suffolk), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Del. Michelle Maldonado (D-Manassas), Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke), Irene Shin (D-Herndon), Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg (D-Henrico), Del. Will Wampler (R-Abingdon), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Literacy Act; early student literacy; evidence-based literacy instruction; science-based reading research. Makes several changes relating to early student literacy, including requiring (i) each education preparation program offered by a public institution of higher education or private institution of higher education or alternative certification program that provides training for any individual seeking initial licensure with an endorsement in a certain area, including as a reading specialist, to demonstrate mastery of science-based reading research and evidence-based literacy instruction, as such terms are defined in the bill; (ii) the literacy assessment required of individuals seeking initial teacher licensure with endorsements in certain areas to include a rigorous test of science-based reading research and evidence-based literacy instruction; (iii) each local school board to establish a divisionwide literacy plan; (iv) each local school board to employ one reading specialist for each 550 students in kindergarten through grade three; and (v) each local school board to provide a program of literacy instruction whereby, among other things, (a) the program provides reading intervention services to students in kindergarten through grade three who demonstrate deficiencies based on their individual performance on the Standards of Learning reading assessment or an early literacy screener provided or approved by the Department of Education; (b) a reading specialist, in collaboration with the teacher of any student who receives such reading intervention services, develops, oversees implementation of, and monitors student progress on a student reading plan; and (c) each student who receives such reading intervention services is assessed utilizing either the early literacy screener provided or approved by the Department or the grade-level reading Standards of Learning assessment again at the end of that school year. The provisions of the bill become effective beginning with the 2024–2025 school year. This bill is identical to SB 616. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103787D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Education
01/19/2022Assigned Education sub: Early Childhood/Innovation
01/26/2022House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/26/2022Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2022Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2022Committee substitute printed 22104625D-H1
01/31/2022Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2022Assigned App. sub: Elementary & Secondary Education
02/07/2022Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2022Reported from Appropriations (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Read first time
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB319H1)
02/10/2022Read second time
02/10/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104625D-H1
02/10/2022Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB319H1
02/11/2022Read third time and passed House (97-Y 0-N)
02/11/2022VOTE: Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2022Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/24/2022Reported from Education and Health with amendment (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
03/01/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/03/2022Read third time
03/03/2022Reading of amendment waived
03/03/2022Committee amendment agreed to
03/03/2022Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/03/2022Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Senate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 98-N)
03/07/2022VOTE: Rejected (0-Y 98-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2022Passed by temporarily
03/08/2022Senate receded from amendment (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/11/2022Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB319ER)
03/11/2022Signed by Speaker
03/11/2022Signed by President
03/14/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB319ER)
03/22/2022Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 22, 2022
03/22/2022G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2022
04/11/2022G Approved by Governor-Chapter 550 (effective - see bill)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0550)