Virginia Literacy Act; early student literacy, evidence-based literacy instruction, etc. (SB616)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

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 HB 319. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Passed

History

DateAction
01/12/2022Presented and ordered printed 22104284D
01/12/2022Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/27/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2022Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2022Committee substitute printed 22104626D-S1
01/27/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/09/2022Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB616S1)
02/10/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Read second time
02/11/2022Reading of substitute waived
02/11/2022Committee substitute agreed to 22104626D-S1
02/11/2022Reading of amendment waived
02/11/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/11/2022Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB616ES1
02/11/2022Printed as engrossed 22104626D-ES1
02/11/2022Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2022Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2022Placed on Calendar
02/21/2022Read first time
02/21/2022Referred to Committee on Education
02/23/2022Reported from Education with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2022Read second time
02/28/2022Read third time
02/28/2022Committee amendment agreed to
02/28/2022Engrossed by House as amended
02/28/2022Passed House with amendment (96-Y 0-N)
02/28/2022VOTE: Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB616ES1)
03/02/2022House amendment agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2022Enrolled
03/07/2022Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB616ER)
03/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB616ER)
03/08/2022Signed by President
03/08/2022Signed by Speaker
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 549 (effective - see bill)
04/11/2022G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0549)