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.
The upcoming Interlocken Music Festival now has a new name.... just Lockn’. Festival co-founder Peter Shapiro says the new logo took on a life of its own, as he says the music and other elements are locked into one another.
The festival takes place September 5-8 at the Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, VA.
Neil Young & Crazy Horse have canceled their Lockn’ appearance, as well as three other North American dates, due to guitarist Poncho Sampredo’s hand injury.
The governor’s speech was not well received in certain circles. Some democrats and economists say McDonnell should not claim credit for low unemployment or another budget surplus.
Under his leadership, the governor says Virginia has created more than 172,000 new jobs and the unemployment rate is just 5.5% -- the lowest in the Southeast. UVA economist Terry Rephan says Virginia does better than other states when it comes to employment, regardless of who is governor.