STEM+C; included in Standards of Learning. (SB239)

Introduced By

Sen. Ghazala Hashmi (D-Midlothian)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


STEM+C; Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board. Adds science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computing (STEM+C), which includes real-world, interdisciplinary, and computational instruction and preparation of students in STEM+C, to the list of topics that shall be included in the Standards of Learning for the Commonwealth. The bill also directs the Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board to develop and submit to the Board of Education (i) a rubric that shall be used by the Board of Education in setting out what factors permit a school to be defined as a STEM school and (ii) recommendations for the Board to create a measurement for quality of STEM programming in general education instruction. The bill also directs the Virginia STEM Education Advisory Board to draft and report to the Department of Education proposed common language and terminology that better defines the basic literacies employed in STEM+C as methodological approaches to solving universal human challenges and, as essential, generalizable and transferable literacy toward the application of skills and content needed to solve those challenges. The bill also directs the Department of Education, based on such proposed language and terminology and no later than December 1, 2022, to recommend finalized language and terminology to the Board of Education. Read the Bill »


01/27/2022: passed committee


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103912D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2022Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/27/2022Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/07/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB239)
02/09/2022Continued to 2023 in Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)

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