Public education; student literacy measures. (SB624)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Carrie Coyner (R-Chesterfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public education; student literacy measures. Clarifies several provisions of the Virginia Literacy Act (the Act), enacted during the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly and effective with the 2024-2025 school year, including (i) clarifying that the term "evidence-based literacy instruction" does not include practices that instruct students to gain meaning from print through the use of (a) three-cueing, which includes semantic, syntactic, and graphophonic cues; (b) meaning, structure, and visual cues; or (c) visual memory for word recognition; (ii) removing the option to use a literacy screener approved by the Department of Education for certain purposes enumerated in the Act; (iii) requiring the Department to develop a list of core literacy curricula for students in kindergarten through grade five and supplemental instruction practices and programs and intervention programs for students in kindergarten through grade eight that consist of evidence-based literacy instruction aligned with science-based reading research; and (iv) requiring each divisionwide literacy plan to address how the local school board will align (a) core reading and literacy curriculum for students in kindergarten through grade five and (b) screening, supplemental instruction, and interventions for students in kindergarten through grade eight with evidence-based literacy instruction practices aligned with science-based reading research. This bill is identical to HB 647. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, the implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act will cost $4,640,000 in general funds in FY25 and an additional $4,640,000 in FY26. The Department of Education believes that these costs can be met within the appropriation in the introduced budget and no additional funding is required. The impact on local school divisions is indeterminate.

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Bill Has Passed


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24103040D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2024Assigned Education and Health Sub: Public Education
02/01/2024Reported from Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB624)
02/05/2024Read second time and engrossed
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
02/14/2024Reported from Education (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Read second time
02/19/2024Read third time
02/19/2024Passed House (99-Y 0-N)
02/19/2024VOTE: Passage (99-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/21/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB624ER)
02/21/2024Impact statement from DPB (SB624ER)
02/21/2024Signed by Speaker
02/24/2024Signed by President
03/01/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 1, 2024
03/01/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 8, 2024
03/08/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 12 (effective 7/1/24)
03/08/2024G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0012)

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