RICHMOND -- The House of Delegates unanimously passed a bill Tuesday which would reform Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOLs) tests.

The bill reduces the number of tests and establishes a process to review remaining SOL assessments in order to maximize their effectiveness.

'I am pleased that the House of Delegates has acted in a bipartisan fashion to pass this bill, which represents a meaningful step toward reforming the Standards of Learning to continue to evaluate students and teachers, without stifling innovation and creativity in the classroom,' Gov. McAuliffe said.

The legislation now moves to the Senate.

Also Tuesday, the House of Delegates passed HB 786 that would allow teachers and other school employees to have firearms on school grounds without penalty.

The House Democratic Caucus released the following statement on its passage:

'This is yet another extreme gun measure backed by House Republicans that goes far beyond 2nd Amendment protections,' said Democratic House Leader David Toscano. 'We hope this bill will be defeated in the Senate.'

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