Tag Archive: Virginia Standards of Learning

Feb 19

Crossover Day at the General Assembly

Today we have a post from one of the VASSP Board members, Dr. Mark Makovec, Principal, Northside Middle School, Norfolk Division. As you are aware, VASSP is one of the premier principal organizations in the country because of support from strong members like yourself. We are fortunate to have Bet Neale, who is a full-time staff …

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Feb 12

Governor Supports House Bill to Reduce SOL Assessments

 In an announcement released from the Governor McCauliffe’s office on February 11, the governor and Secretary of Education Anne Holton state their support of House Bill 930.  This bill, submitted by Delegates Tag Greason and Rob Kupricka, has been passed by the House of Delegates and now moves to the Senate. This piece of legislation is intended to …

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May 29

What Happens When A Student Refuses SOL Testing?

So a student does not want to or refuses to take an EOC assessment or the parent refuses to have their student take the assessment…can the student opt out? According to a recent Superintendent’s memo, there is no opt out policy.  In addition, there are steps to be taken if a student/parent makes the decision to …

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Jan 22

Teacher Direct – A New Service From The Virginia DOE

 A new professional service providing assistance to educators with the Standards of Learning (SOL) has been launched today to “…establish a direct line of communication with classroom teachers.”  Teacher Direct is a broadcast email service with access to SOL resources and information that can be useful to teachers and school administrators. You may access this …

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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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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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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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