Standards of Learning

Beyond Standardized Testing
3:55 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Alternative Assessments

Now that the state has cut back on the number of standards of learning tests administered in grades three through eight, officials in Richmond are looking for new ways to make sure kids are learning. 

They’ll meet August 18th to explore alternatives.

Many parents cheered when the state legislature eliminated five SOL tests, and teachers are also pleased according to Meg Gruber – President of the Virginia Education Association.

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Revising Standards
4:49 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

SOL Innovation Committee Begins Work

Governor McAuliffe's Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has held its inaugural meeting, and its members now have their marching orders. 

One of their long-term goals is revise the school standards to be more interesting and far more inclusive.

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Beginning July 1st
3:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

New Laws On the Books

A broad bipartisan and bicameral consensus at the General Assembly may not create sensational headlines—but such agreements do occur.  In Part One of our series on new state laws that take effect this week.

Lawmakers in both parties and Governor McAuliffe made it a priority to cut the number of SOL tests and revise their focus. Early grades will now focus more on reading and math tests. Delegate Tag Greason sponsored a law to limit assessments in third through eighth grades.

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Education
12:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Roanoke Students Learn about Weather

by Beverly Amsler

A Virginia Tech doctoral student’s project to feed low income residents of Roanoke has grown to include elementary schools, students, and teachers. 

Tammy Parece’s doctoral project sounded simple enough.  She wanted to find the best locations to establish community gardens in Roanoke to help eliminate hunger.  The perfect locations must have temperatures cool enough to support a garden. 

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Education
3:45 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Virginia General Assembly Agrees on Education Reforms

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.  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.

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