High school graduation requirements; satisfaction of certain course credits. (HB1009)

Introduced By

Del. Ian Lovejoy (R-Manassas) with support from co-patron Del. Tony Wilt (R-Harrisonburg)


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, 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 (i) laboratory science credits or (ii) electives credits. The bill provides that such list uniformly applies across each local school division and that each school board is required 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 (a) three standard units of credit and one verified credit in laboratory science or (b) credits for electives for completion of any industry-approved workforce credential that is included on the list as an accepted substitute for such credits. This bill was incorporated into HB 1345. Read the Bill »


02/07/2024: Incorporated into Another Bill


01/10/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24101298D
01/10/2024Referred to Committee on Education
02/01/2024Assigned Education sub: K-12 Subcommittee
02/02/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB1009)
02/06/2024Subcommittee recommends incorporating (HB1345-Anthony)
02/07/2024Incorporated by Education (HB1345-Anthony)


Sophia Field writes:

The world language requirement for the advance diploma should not be changed. Taking away this requirement could severely impact the language enrollment at high schools across the state and could lead to students being less prepared for University, a career, and more. I understand the push for computer science, but why not simply create a computer science based advanced diploma? There's room for two versions of an advanced diploma, one language based and the other computer science based.

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