2020 General Assembly Session

Student Testing Related Legislation

2020 General Assembly Summary
Student Testing Related Legislation
Fairfax County Public Schools, Office of Government Relations

This report describes all of the Student Testing-related legislation considered during the 2020 General Assembly Regular Session.  Bills are listed in one of three categories: Approved, Continued to 2021, or Failed. 

Approved legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2020 unless otherwise specified in the legislation itself.

Bills designated as “Continued to 2021” are effectively “Failed” for purposes of the 2020 Session, but can still be acted upon by the Committee that recommended continuing the legislation prior to the 2021 Session (by December 3, 2020).  Even if a bill were to be acted upon prior to that deadline (which rarely occurs), it would still have to proceed through the remainder of the legislative process (pass in both chambers, signed by the Governor) during the 2021 Session.

Summaries are linked to the Division of Legislative Services’ web pages for text, up to date summary information, and fiscal impact statements. If a bill of interest is not found in one category, please check another as legislation often can fit under multiple categories.

UPDATED:  March 30, 2020

STUDENT TESTING – PASSED

NONE

 

STUDENT TESTING – CONTINUED TO 2021

School Divisions of Innovation; Performance-Based Assessments HB 634 (LaRock) and SB 249 (Favola) would allow a local school board, when applying for its school division to be designated as a School Division of Innovation, to apply to the Board of Education to replace the Virginia Studies and Civics and Economics Standards of Learning assessments with local assessments that include performance-based assessments. The bills would require any such application to demonstrate that the proposed local assessment requires that students demonstrate the knowledge and skills required by the relevant Standards of Learning and that students demonstrate one or more of the skills and qualities of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, or citizenship and provide evidence of the local school board's capacity to administer and score performance-based assessments. 

Standards of Learning Assessments; Reduction HB 1277 (O’Quinn) and SB 390 (McPike) would reduce the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended. HB 1277 incorporates HB 931 (Coyner).

 

STUDENT TESTING - FAILED

Standards of Learning Assessments, Reduction SB 847 (Pillion) would have reduced the total number and type of required Standards of Learning assessments to the minimum requirements established by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Student Assessments; Language Translation HB 527 (Kory) would have required each school board to establish a process for the translation of certain statutorily required student assessments and any accompanying assessment instructions into the native language of each student who will participate in such assessments.