Sharon Cox’s grandson failed his English Virginia SOL test by a few points this year.
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.
Secretary of Education Anne Holton announced that the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee has completed their first round of interim recommendations.
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.
The McAuliffe Administration announced the members and first meeting date for Virginia’s Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.
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.
The General Assembly adjourned on Saturday, March 8th. The state budget, however, remains to be finalized.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.