Virginia – State Information

MEA President: Annamarie Bollino
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Steve King and John Brewington
ALF Member Email:

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/13/2021
Adjourns: 2/27/2021

Meeting virtually in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 2/9/2021
Budget Deadline  
Introduction Deadlines  
Governor Ralph Northam (D)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Richard Steven Landes (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Richard Preston Bell (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Patricia Puertas Rucker (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. Craig Philip Blair IV (R)

Partisan Split House: D     Senate: D
House Clerk Contact 804-698-1619
Senate Secretary Contact 804-698-7400
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule 4th Thursday of the month
Education Secretary Atif Qarni

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Dr. Lynn Sodat, Title I Coordinator
Title IV Director Multiple people assigned by geographic region – see Title IV
website for more details
Title IV Website  
Title IV Allocations Letter goes out in August. For last year’s allocations:
Application Timeline for Federal Funds November 17


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

VA Music PK-12 Instrumental
Music PK-12 Vocal/Choral
Provisional (3-year)
Collegiate Professional (5-year)
Postgraduate Professional (5-year)
Virginia Communication & Literacy Assessment (VCLA) Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113) None No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework; Child Abuse and Neglect Recognition and Intervention Training; Emergency First Aid, CPR, and AED Training; Dyslexia Awareness Training $100 application (in-state)
$150 application (out-of-state)
Yes June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Phase Guidance for Virginia Schools

The state is currently requiring that in-person instruction be accompanied by strict social distancing measures, which means many districts will have to blend remote and face-to-face learning. But Gov. Ralph Northam also said Virginia won’t reopen schools if infection rates start to rise, as is happening in some regions of the state.

Title IV Success Stories

Title IV-A funds were utilized in Roanoke City Public Schools to provide additional instruments for students who are unable to afford to rent or buy.  Plans are in place to provide additional support and master classes in the same schools. Many students were sharing instruments, and students were unable to practice. This funding has allowed students to have their own instrument to practice.