Tag: SOL

SOL retakes help relieve some pressure off both schools and students

Sharon Cox’s grandson failed his English Virginia SOL test by a few points this year.


Governor McAuliffe receives SOL Innovation Committee’s 2015 recommendations

Governor McAuliffe received the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee’s second round of recommendations, which are aimed at improving how the Commonwealth measures and fosters student growth and achievement, and how it evaluates schools.


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Governor McAuliffe announces education legislation at Norfolk Technical Center

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday a series of legislative proposals aimed at expanding economic opportunity across the Commonwealth by improving Virginia’s educational system and addressing issues ranging from daycare facilities to building a 21st century workforce.


Governor McAuliffe announces SOL Innovation Committee’s interim recommendations

Secretary of Education Anne Holton announced that the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee has completed their first round of interim recommendations.


Ken Plum: Back to school

Although it has been many years since I was a teacher in the classroom, I still get a nervous stomach around Labor Day each year in anticipation of the beginning of a new school year.


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McAuliffe announces SOL Innovation Committee members

The McAuliffe Administration announced the members and first meeting date for Virginia’s Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.


Ken Plum: Making the grade

At a time when quality reviews and accountability measures result in more activities being given a letter grade, it is appropriate that legislative sessions receive the same treatment.


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Mark Obenshain: Ethics and mental health reform

I want to talk about some of the other work of the General Assembly, most notably in the areas of ethics reform and mental health. Both issues became much more pressing due to the events of 2013; sadly, while we would ideally tackle such issues anticipatorily, it sometimes takes a demonstration of the problem to spur the General Assembly into action.


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Sam Rasoul: General Assembly update

The General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, March 8th. The state budget, however, remains to be finalized.


Ken Plum: Crossover

Last week the General Assembly reached the midpoint of its annual session, or crossover as it is called in the legislature. At this time in the calendar, the House of Delegates and the Senate have completed work on the bills that were introduced into the respective houses.


House of Delegates passes SOL reform

The House of Delegates voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass House Bill 930, which would reform the Standards of Learning (SOLs) by reducing the number of tests to focus students and teachers on key areas in each grade level and establishing a process to review remaining SOL assessments in order to maximize their effectiveness.


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Poll: Are you concerned about impact of SOLs on education?

Large majorities of Virginians have concerns about how mandatory testing is impacting students and teachers in the classroom but also think Standards of Learning tests help with school accountability and academic standards.


Opportunity Knocks outreach event coming in Staunton

The Staunton City Schools are showing their commitment to the success of every student with its Opportunity Knocks community outreach event at Booker T. Washington Community Center this Saturday.


Are you smarter than a fourth-grader? Virginia’s are pretty smart

Results from the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress show that the reading skills of Virginia fourth-graders have improved significantly over the last four years.
Virginia is one of the nation’s 12 highest-performing states in fourth-grade reading.


Longwood economist says socioeconomic factors predict SOL pass rates

Many of the most commonly cited remedies for improving educational test scores—shrinking class sizes, boosting teacher salaries or hiring teachers with advanced degrees—actually have little power to predict Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates, says a Longwood University economist.