A look at education issues around Virginia.

New Ways to Grade

Oct 17, 2016

Over the last 20 years we’ve seen a growing reliance on multiple choice tests to figure out how well students are learning and how well teachers are teaching.  Now, however, public schools in Virginia are moving away from that approach, trying new ways to grade as Sandy Hausman reports. 

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Strapped for cash, some public schools in Virginia are operating without a principal or a nurse, but the state’s board of education met today to discuss requiring those jobs be filled.

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On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are at odds over how to hand out federal dollars to local school divisions in Virginia and across the county. 

Are high-poverty schools getting all the funding they need? That’s the question at the heart of a debate in Washington about a new rule directing federal dollars to help at-risk children.

Democratic Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia Beach put that question to Scott Sargrad at the Center for American Progress during a congressional hearing this week.

The arts have a unique ability to embrace complexity; to hold a variety of ideas at once. They can foster exploration not always possible through other routes. That’s the idea behind the Islamic Worlds Festival at Virginia Tech’s Center for the Arts, which opens next month. 

"There’s such a cultural clinging to tradition that is both admirable and sometimes problematic, but that’s in every culture; if you hold too strongly to tradition."

81 Percent of Virginia Schools Fully Accredited

Sep 14, 2016
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Virginia’s students seem to be getting better at standardized tests. 

81-percent of the state’s schools are now fully accredited, an improvement on last year by 3-percent.

Virginia’s Department of Education released the latest info Wednesday,  based on last year’s Standards of Learning tests.