Education

Standards of Learning
12:53 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

SOL Pass Rate Information Available

Standards of  Learning pass rates are now posted—and Virginia students posted gains in math SOL tests that were new two years ago.

But as officials predicted, scores on new, more rigorous English and science tests dropped, according to the data.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright says students are now being challenged by the standards to achieve new levels of mastery at each grade level.  She says the online-writing component is a very different approach than the traditional multiple-choice tests often associated with SOLs.

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Board of Education President
5:43 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Education Listening Tour Stops in Southwest Virginia

David Foster, Virginia Board of Education President

The President of Virginia’s Board of Education visits Southwest Virginia this week…with public meetings scheduled Thursday in Abingdon, and Friday in Wythe County.  

It’s David Foster’s latest stop, as he travels the state’s eight educational regions this year. 

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A New School of Thought
7:59 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Buckingham School Offers a Unique Style of Learning

You might expect students who must attend summer school to complain, but at Buckingham School, summer is an exciting time, with students cultivating a garden of fresh fruits and vegetables, while gaining new knowledge in math, language and science.  The garden is just one part of a new, 21st century complex based on the physical and psychological needs of kids.

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Thousands of Artifacts Found at W&L
4:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Remnants in the Ruins

Credit Washington & Lee University

  There’s been hot debate over the question of whether guns belong on today’s college campus, but scholars at Washington & Lee University have made a surprising discovery.  It seems firearms were very common at school in the 1700s and 1800s. 

That detail and other aspects of student life have emerged from a university construction site where archaeologists have found thousands of artifacts.  

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Education
6:24 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Virginia Tuition Costs Under Scrutiny

The General Assembly’s watchdog agency says many of the factors driving up the cost of university tuition and fees are NOT directly related to instruction.  The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission has been examining higher education costs to determine the operational efficiency of the Commonwealth’s 15 four-year institutions-and whether ways can be found to reduce expenses.  JLARC found that the soaring tuition increases have exceeded inflation.


 

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