2021 General Assembly Session

Student Testing Related Legislation

2021 General Assembly Summary – Post Session Report
Student Testing Related Legislation
Fairfax County Public Schools, Office of Government Relations

This report describes the Student Testing related legislation considered during the 2021 General Assembly Regular Session.  Bills are listed as having Passed or Failed. 

The Governor has until March 31 to act on any legislation adopted by the General Assembly and he has the option to sign, amend, or veto any bill.  Bills with amendments or vetoes will be considered by the General Assembly at its Reconvened Session, scheduled for April 7.  Legislation signed by the Governor goes into effect on July 1, 2021 unless otherwise specified in the legislation itself.

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: 3/10/21

PASSED

Standards of Learning assessments; reading and mathematics; grades three through eight; individual student growth HB 2027 (Coyner) and SB 1357 (Dunnavant) would require the Board of Education to establish, in lieu of a one-time end-of-year assessment and for the purpose of providing measures of individual student growth over the course of the school year, a through-year growth assessment system, aligned with the Standards of Learning, for the administration of reading and mathematics assessments in grades three through eight. The bills would require such through-year growth assessment system to include at least one beginning-of-year, one mid-year, and one end-of-year assessment in order to provide individual student growth scores over the course of the school year, provided that the total time scheduled for taking all such assessments shall not exceed 150 percent of the time scheduled for taking a single end-of-year proficiency assessment. The bills would require the Department of Education to ensure adequate training for teachers and principals on how to interpret and use student growth data from such assessments to improve reading and mathematics instruction in grades three through eight throughout the school year. The bills would provide that with such funds and content as are available for such purpose, such through-year growth assessment system shall provide accurate measurement of a student's performance, through computer adaptive technology, using test items at, below, and above the student's grade level as necessary. The bills would require full implementation of such system no later than the 2022–2023 school year and partial implementation during the 2021–2022 school year consisting of one beginning-of-year assessment and one end-of-year assessment.

FAILED

Standards of Learning Assessments; Reduction HB 2094 (O’Quinn) and SB 1401 (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.