Monthly Archive: August 2012

Aug 31

VASSP Board Member Speaks at Washington Conference in September

Congratulations to Janice Koslowski, Principal at Potomac Falls High School in Potomac Falls, Virginia, State Coordinator and member of the VASSP Board of Directors for being chosen to be a presenter at a special conference in Washington D. C. in September.  Janice will represent middle level and high school leaders nationally along with Steve Ross from the Johns Hopkins …

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Aug 28

Virginia Students Outperform National Peers on ACT

In a recent announcement from the Virginia Department of Education, ACT scores for Virginia high school students continue to exceed their peers nationwide. In addition, while the SAT is still the predominant college admissions assessment taken by Virginia students, the number of seniors taking the ACT continues to grow.  This year, the number of seniors …

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Aug 28

We Are Not Alone With Regard to New Evaluation Standards

When you consider the task that many Virginia administrators will face with the revised evaluation standards, it could make many of them consider other areas of employment…becoming an astronaut comes to mind.  Outer space always seems to be a peaceful place.  Alas, that is not realistic, but the reality of a new and intensive task …

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Aug 24

Virginia DOE Releases English/Science Test Information

The Virginia Department of Education (DOE) has released two memos regarding the upcoming changes for middle level and End-of Course (EOC) assessments this fall and the spring of 2013. The new reading and writing tests which are based on the 2010 English Standards of Learning will be given in the fall of 2012 EOC reading test …

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Aug 21

School Issues Opening Prior to Labor Day Are Not Confined to Virginia

September is near and by September 4th,  all school divisions in Virginia will be up and running for the 2012-2013 school year as expected. The General Assembly members will begin the process for developing bills for the upcoming session as expected.  Also as expected, the school divisions located East of I-95 will once again work …

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Aug 21

When Value-Added Does Not Add Value

This blog post is listed on the NASSP blog “Principal Difference” which is created by Mel Riddle, a former Virginia high school principal and VASSP board member. It was written by Stuart Singer, author of The Algebra Miracle If there is wisdom in the belief that important lessons can be learned from the mistakes of …

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Aug 20

Friday Focus from VASSP

VASSP, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Education, will launch a new service for Virginia administrators this September. This service, “Friday Focus” will be aired beginning  in September, 2012. Information regarding this new initiative is listed below. If you would like to be a presenter, information/qualifications are listed below. You may contact the VASSP …

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Aug 17

Sequestration and Education In Virginia

I would imagine that “sequestration” is not a term that you use in your building on a regular basis or maybe even at all.  This term, which defines an action that can cause one entity to have funds sequestered for a time frame and then perhaps given to another party, usually the original source based on a legal …

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Aug 15

Texting and Grammar Use

If you have had issues in your schools regarding student cell phone use and texting, here is a piece of information you may want to add to your thoughts about the issue. A recent study at Penn State University’s Media Effects Research Lab of children ages 10-14 indicates that continual use of texting “language” affects …

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Aug 12

Got a Best Practice to Share?

The second “season” of the VASSP blog site is getting under way and it would be appropriate at this time of the year to hear “What is your best advice on getting the new year off to a good start?” from our administrators in Virginia.   Many of you have a best practice regarding school openings that you may wish …

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