Standards of Learning

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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Gubernatorial Candidates Present Ideas
4:24 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Candidate Cuccinelli Unveils Education Plan

If voters can wade through the scandals facing Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and his GOP rival, Ken Cuccinelli, they'll find substantive events where both candidates present ideas for the Commonwealth’s future. 

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Education
6:07 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Virginia Teachers Talk Politics and Education in Atlanta

Credit Virginia Education Association

Virginia Education Association President Meg Gruber is in Atlanta, Georgia this week with other teachers from the Commonwealth and around the country.  They're talking about such issues as class size, the federal sequestration, technology infrastructure in schools, and the future of the profession.

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Education
3:47 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Red-shirting in Kindergarten

Credit Courtesy of U.Va.'s Curry School of Education

If you’re a parent or grandparent with young children, you’ve probably heard about red-shirting – a term borrowed from the world of college sports. 

It refers to keeping a child back in school, so he or she will be a little older than classmates and have some academic and social advantages. 

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