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Jan 22

Virginia Schools Rank Fourth in Nation in Quality Counts Report

A leading education journal, Education Week has rankedVirginia as fourth in the nation in overall educational quality and performance. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2013 report awarded the Commonwealth a letter grade of B; only Maryland – with a B+ – earned a higher overall letter grade, although Massachusetts and New York also received B’s.Virginia also earned a B and was ranked fourth in the 2012 Quality Counts report.

Governor McDonnell’s “All Students” initiative, which has received the attention to support this recognition,  includes legislative proposals to reward and recognize excellent teachers, broaden educational opportunities, and strengthen instruction and accountability in the Commonwealth’s public schools. These proposals include:

  • Establishing an A-F rating system for public schools
  • Instituting new accountability, support and governance measures for chronically low-performing schools
  • Increasing support and accountability for early reading achievement
  • Incorporating the Early Intervention Reading and Algebra Readiness initiatives into the state’s Standards of Quality
  • Creating the Governor’s Center for Excellence in Teaching to provide professional development opportunities for exemplary teachers
  • Establishing the Strategic Compensation Grant Initiative to reward effective teacher leaders assuming additional responsibility or priority assignments
  • Extending the probationary period for new teachers to allow a more thoughtful examination of performance before they can earn continuing contract status while streamlining grievance procedures for experienced teachers
  • Placing Teach-for-America graduates in hard-to-staff schools

Quality Counts grades are based on the performance of states in six broad areas: the role of education in promoting success at various stages of life; K-12 student achievement; rigor and quality of academic standards, assessments and accountability systems; teacher preparation, licensure and evaluation; school finance; and transitions and alignment of state policies related to school, college and workforce readiness.

You may access the article at http://www.edweek.org/ew/toc/2013/01/10/index.html?intc=EW-QC13-LFTNAV