Standards of Learning http://wvtf.org en Roanoke Students Learn about Weather http://wvtf.org/post/roanoke-students-learn-about-weather <p>A Virginia Tech doctoral student’s project to feed low income residents of Roanoke has grown to include elementary schools, students, and teachers.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Tammy Parece’s doctoral project sounded simple enough.&nbsp; She wanted to find the best locations to establish community gardens in Roanoke to help eliminate hunger.&nbsp; The perfect locations must have temperatures cool enough to support a garden.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:13:15 +0000 Beverly Amsler 19090 at http://wvtf.org Roanoke Students Learn about Weather The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-general-assembly-agrees-education-reforms <p>It appears that while state lawmakers have lots of work to do in hashing out a compromise over Medicaid, they HAVE made some progress with education reforms that relate to the budget.&nbsp;&nbsp;The General Assembly revised the Standards of Learning assessments, charter school enrollment policy, and the process to measure schools using an A through F grading system.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:45:44 +0000 Tommie McNeil 18477 at http://wvtf.org The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution http://wvtf.org/post/virginia-school-boards-association-claims-policy-violates-state-constitution <p>Virginia’s School Board Association and the Norfolk Board of Education are suing the state to stop implementation of a new law that would allow Richmond to take over local schools when they consistently fail Standards of Learning tests.</p><p>State lawmakers recently approved the establishment of a new organization – the Opportunity Educational Institution or OEI.&nbsp; Its job – to take over the supervision and operation of any local school accredited by the state with a warning for three consecutive years.&nbsp; Barbara Coyle heads the Virginia School Boards Association.</p> Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:15:46 +0000 Sandy Hausman 9591 at http://wvtf.org Virginia School Boards Association Claims Policy Violates State Constitution SOL Pass Rate Information Available http://wvtf.org/post/sol-pass-rate-information-available <p>Standards of &nbsp;Learning pass rates are now posted—and Virginia students posted gains in math SOL tests that were new two years ago.</p><p>But as officials predicted, scores on new, more rigorous English and science tests dropped, according to the data.</p><p>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.&nbsp; She says the online-writing component is a very different approach than the traditional multiple-choice tests often associated with SOLs.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 16:53:21 +0000 Connie Stevens 9298 at http://wvtf.org SOL Pass Rate Information Available Education Listening Tour Stops in Southwest Virginia http://wvtf.org/post/education-listening-tour-stops-southwest-virginia <p>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.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>It’s David Foster’s latest stop, as he travels the state’s eight educational regions this year.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:43:56 +0000 Connie Stevens 9259 at http://wvtf.org Education Listening Tour Stops in Southwest Virginia