Standards of Learning

Education Listening Tour Stops in Southwest Virginia

Aug 19, 2013

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. 

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. 

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.

Red-shirting in Kindergarten

May 2, 2013
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. 

The State Board of Education is moving forward with proposed "cut" or passing scores for Standards of Learning.

The new cut scores are to help implement more rigorous standards to promote college and career readiness.

Depending on the subject, the cut scores will be applied to grades three, five, and eight for Science and grades five and eight for other subjects.

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