High school graduation requirements; satisfaction of elective course credits. (HB1345)

Introduced By

Del. Bonita Anthony (D-Norfolk) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


High school graduation requirements; satisfaction of certain course credits with workforce credentials; development and maintenance of list of accepted credentials. Requires the Board of Education, in collaboration with the Virginia Community College System, Career and Technical Education directors, and industry partners, to develop and maintain a current, comprehensive, and uniform list of industry-recognized workforce credentials that students may take as a substitute for certain units of credit required for graduation, including such credentials that are accepted as substitutes for electives credits and credentials completed outside of regular school hours. The bill requires each school board to accept as a substitute for a required credit any credential listed as an accepted substitute for such required credit. The bill also requires any College and Career Access Pathways Partnership entered into between a school board and a comprehensive community college to specify, consistent with the list, industry-recognized credentials that are accepted as substitutes for certain credits required for high school graduation. Finally, the bill requires the Board, in establishing graduation requirements, to permit any student to substitute elective credits for completion of any industry-approved workforce credential that is included on the list as an accepted substitute for such credits. This bill incorporates HB 1009 and is identical to SB 199. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, this legislation is estimated to cost $11,000 in staff time for the Department of Education to establish and manage an advisory committee to develop the list of industry-recognized credentials. The Virginia Community College System is expected to be able to meet the requirements of the bill with existing resources, and any impact to local school divisions is currently indeterminate.

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Bill Has Passed


01/12/2024Presented and ordered printed 24104959D
01/12/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/01/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/06/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/07/2024Reported from Education with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2024Committee substitute printed 24107044D-H1
02/07/2024Incorporates HB1009 (Lovejoy)
02/09/2024Read first time
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24107044D-H1
02/12/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1345H1
02/13/2024Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/13/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/16/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/20/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1345H1)
02/21/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/27/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/29/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Committee substitute printed 24108257D-S1
03/01/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1345S1)
03/01/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/04/2024Read third time
03/04/2024Reading of substitute waived
03/04/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24108257D-S1
03/04/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1345S1
03/04/2024Passed Senate with substitute (39-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024Senate substitute agreed to by House 24108257D-S1 (99-Y 0-N)
03/05/2024VOTE: Adoption (99-Y 0-N)
03/25/2024Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1345ER)
03/25/2024Signed by President
03/26/2024Signed by Speaker
03/27/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1345ER)
03/27/2024Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 27, 2024
03/27/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 657 (effective 7/1/24)

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