Tag Archive: Student Achievement

May 03

Virginia Schools Earn Student Council National Recognition

The National Association of Student Councils (NASC), a program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) annually recognizes student councils that consistently provide quality leadership programs, activities and services to their schools and communities.  This year, the NASC has named 190 of its member councils as 2012 National Councils of Excellence and …

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Mar 20

SOL Practice Websites

The Virginia DOE has previously listed SOL Practice Items on their website and this blog is just a reminder for principals of these options to prepare for the mathematics assessments. There are three listed below that you should find helpful to share with your staff. The current round of assessments may be a cause for concern and frustration based …

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Feb 07

New Reports Bridge K-12 & Higher Education Data Divide

The Virginia Department of Education has just released information on postsecondary enrollment and achievement of Virginia high school graduates.  These reports are a part of the state’s efforts to improve on the quality and detail of the data on educational outcomes for educators and in particular, high school principals and guidance counselors.  The busy schedules …

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Jan 13

Virginia Schools Earn High Marks from Education Week

The nation’s leading education journal today ranked Virginia as fourth in the nation in overall educational quality and performance. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2012 report awarded the commonwealth a letter grade of B, up from a B- in 2011, when the commonwealth also ranked fourth. Education Week described Virginia as “a perennial strong finisher” in …

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Jan 11

Tenth Anniversary of NCLB: Reason to Celebrate or Commiserate?

GUEST POST: As NCLB turns 10, Superintendent Charles Maranzano (Hopatcong, NJ), provides insights from the front lines about the impact this law has had on schools, students and learning. He concludes that educational issues are “determined locally and solved locally by dedicated professionals who are in the best position to know what it takes to …

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Jan 09

Governor McDonnell Announces New Legislative Packet

Today, Governor Bob McDonnell released a formal statement outlining his legislative packet, “Opportiunity to Learn.”  Please follow the link to read the full document:  http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=215  

Jan 04

Governor McDonnell Announces Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced the first Governor’s Challenge in Economics and Personal Finance to promote new economics and personal finance courses for high school students. Beginning with the students entering the ninth grade this year, Virginia high school students must earn a credit in economics and personal finance before they graduate. The Governor’s …

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