High school graduation requirements; satisfaction of elective course credits. (SB199)

Introduced By

Sen. Danny Diggs (R-Yorktown) with support from co-patron Sen. Christie New Craig (R-Chesapeake)


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 is identical to HB 1345. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101786D
01/08/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/10/2024Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/25/2024Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/01/2024Reported from Education and Health with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2024Committee substitute printed 24105573D-S1
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB199S1)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2024Read second time
02/05/2024Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105573D-S1
02/05/2024Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB199S1
02/06/2024Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/13/2024Placed on Calendar
02/13/2024Read first time
02/13/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/26/2024Reported from Education (21-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2024Read second time
02/29/2024Read third time
02/29/2024Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/29/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB199ER)
03/05/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB199ER)
03/05/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 666 (effective 7/1/24)

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