VASSP Member Update, June 17, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Henry County to install weapons detectors at some schools – Cardinal News

Away for the Day Cell Phone Policy

Early release Days for Teacher Training

Fairfax educators overwhelmingly vote for, secure union representation

School Board committee continues work on collective bargaining rules | 1local | loudountimes.com

Amherst schools pushing new cellphone policy

Fairfax teachers, school staff support union for collective bargaining – The Washington Post

Virginia NAACP sues Shenandoah school board after district restored Confederate names

Human Trafficking Curriculum Added

With new framework, Danville Public Schools’ corrective action plan transitions to support

National Articles of Interest 

House education committee advances resolution to repeal Title IX final rule | K-12 Dive

School behavioral threat assessment teams on the rise | K-12 Dive

Texas court decision signals trouble for Title IX LGBTQ+ protections | K-12 Dive

Los Angeles schools investigating claims of data for sale on dark web | K-12 Dive

What are the most common school communications crises? | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Summer of Support

Article: 2024-23-220

Educators presenting at the Attendance and Literacy Symposium on June 10

This summer, VDOE is focused on working with our educators to prepare for the school year ahead. We’re thrilled to kick off our Summer of Support and connect, engage, and grow together. Below are a few of the exciting events we’re holding throughout the Commonwealth:

Literacy and Mathematics Symposiums

June 10 – Region 8 at Longwood University

June 17 – Region 7 at Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

June 20 – Region 6 at New College Institute

June 24 – Region 5 at James Madison University

June 27 – Region 4 at George Mason University

August 5 – Region 1 at Reynolds Community College

August 7 – Region 3 at Rappahannock Community College

August 8 – Region 2 at Old Dominion University

Physical Education Academy and Institute

June 24-27 – The Adapted PE Content Teaching Academy at James Madison University

July 7-10 – The Health and Physical Activity Institute at James Madison University

Educational Technology and Classroom Innovation Conference Presentations

July 8 – TechSplash 2024 in Abingdon

August 14 – iNNovate Conference in Newport News

Fine Arts Webinars

July 30 – FA Through the Lens of Multilingual Learners

July 30 – Update for 2024-25 School Year

August 1 – Leading FA Teaching and Learning

August 1 – Appalachian Music Media

August 5 – Music SOL Overview and Instructional Resources

August 6 – Visual Arts SOL

August 7 – Theater Arts SOL

August 8 – Dance SOL

We’re proud to offer these continuing education opportunities and look forward to spending time with you this summer!

English Standards of Learning Resources Released?The first wave of supports for the 2024 English Standards of Learning have been posted. Understanding the Standards documents, Overview of Revisions narrated PowerPoints, Grade Band Side-by-Sides, and Progression charts are available. Reference the 2024 English Standards of Learning webpage for more details. Division leaders should work with English leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers to help plan for the implementation of the new Standards in 2024-2025.?

VASSP Member Update, June 10, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Weapon scanners showing promise in Richmond, Henrico Schools as academic year ends | WRIC ABC 8News

Christiansburg Middle School’s ‘Off and Away’ rule could be a good sign for new MCPS phone policy

Cellphone ban in Chesapeake schools a success in first year, officials say – The Virginian-Pilot

Cell Phone Ban Adopted in King George County Schools

Va.’s first anti-hazing summit held at VCU, hosted by family of freshman who died after frat party • Virginia Mercury

Loudoun Sheriff Says Fears of SROs in Elementary Schools Unfounded | News | loudounnow.com

Updated Collective Bargaining

National Articles of Interest 

Chronic absenteeism rates almost doubled during pandemic | K-12 Dive

Hoping to block Title IX final rule, lawmakers invoke Congressional Review Act | K-12 Dive

Bipartisan Senate bill would create federal guidance for AI in schools | K-12 Dive

Trial over Arizona school facilities funding model begins | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Instructional Resources to Support the 2024 English Standards of Learning

Article: 2024-23-211

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers 

Contact: Jill Nogueras, Associate Director of K-12 English Literacy,  Jill.Nogueras@doe.virginia.gov

English Standards of Learning ?Resources Released? 

The first wave of supports for the 2024 English Standards of Learning have been posted. Understanding the Standards documents, Overview of Revisions narrated PowerPoints, Grade Band Side-by-Sides, and Progression charts are available. Reference the 2024 English Standards of Learning webpage for more details. Division leaders should work with English leaders, instructional coaches, and teachers to help plan for the implementation of the 2024 English Standards of Learning in 2024-2025.?

VASSP Member Update, June 3, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Majority backs continued weapons screening in Alexandria public schools – WTOP News

Fairfax Co. schools staff eligible for maternity, paternity leave benefits starting this summer – WTOP News

York County School Board removes controversial right-wing board chair | WAVY.com

New Kent School Board delays cell phone ban, seeks staff input – Daily Press

Youngkin signs overdose prevention, Xylazine penalty bills at Abingdon High School | WJHL | Tri-Cities News & Weather

3 Southwest Virginia lab school projects need a new public sponsor, state budget specifies – Cardinal News

National Articles of Interest 

Do state assessments need an overhaul? | K-12 Dive

Graduation rates rebounded shortly after pandemic hiccup | K-12 Dive

NY City Reading Program

Education Department civil rights cases eclipse prior year’s record high | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Update on Spring 2025 SOL Reading and Mathematics Tests

Article: 2024-22-195

ActiVAtED Learning Adventures

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers, School Test Coordinators

VDOE invites educators of all levels on a virtual summer road trip around the Commonwealth for ActiVAtED Learning Adventures, a new webinar series. The series will feature discussions with leading educators throughout Virginia about what gets them excited in using technology to inspire student engagement. The 12-episode season will launch new episodes every two weeks. Webinars will be part of the VVA Statewide Weekly Meetings held Tuesdays at 1 p.m. starting May 28. Register on Zoom for the ActiVAtED Learning Adventures Webinar Series.

With instructional implementation of the new standards occurring next school year for both the 2023 Mathematics SOL and 2024 English SOL, VDOE will have items in our current bank that can assess the standards that overlap across the old and new standards. Item review and field testing has been underway for the alignment to the 2023 Mathematics SOL. Work to review the item bank alignment to the 2024 English SOL is progressing. More information will be provided this summer following the completion of the alignment review.  

The Department has developed new innovative item types using one-time surplus federal funds following the recommendations of the House Bill 585 Work Group. However, the new innovative item types will not be included on the Spring 2025 assessments as additional funding for administration and scoring of these items were not included in the biennium budget.

Public Hearing on Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation

The Virginia Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Standards of Accreditation on June 4 at 4 p.m. This revision to the Standards of Accreditation focuses on changes to the accreditation process and the development of a school performance and support framework. Parents, educators, and interested citizens are invited to attend the session and comment. Interested individuals can register to attend and/or speak in the public hearing. Information on the revisions to the Standards of Accreditation can be found here

Content Teaching Academies 

Join VDOE at the Content Teaching Academies on June 24–27, at James Madison University. The Academies are designed to provide professional development to participating Virginia educators to enhance the outcomes of students with disabilities using high-quality instruction and to promote inclusive practices. For all public school participants, the VDOE will assume the cost of registration, meals, and double-occupancy lodging on JMU’s campus. School divisions are encouraged to cover travel expenses for participants as this cost is not assumed by VDOE. Register today!

VASSP Member Update, May 20, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Fairfax County teachers voice frustration over reduced pay raises in new budget | FFXnow

Silent mode? Stafford Schools propose to ban student phones during instruction – Fredericksburg Free Press

Parents, activists question need for SROs in elementary schools | 1local | loudountimes.com

Loudoun Co. proposes 16 delayed-start days next year to allow teachers to meet training requirements – WTOP News

Hanover County School Board members discuss possible policy change on student cell phone usage | WRIC ABC 8News

Virginia students still segregated by race, economic class 70 years after landmark ruling

National Articles of Interest 

California district pays $360K settlement to teacher fired over LGBTQ+ policies | K-12 Dive

Iowa law requires personalized teaching plans to boost K-6 literacy | K-12 Dive

‘It’s cool to be in school’: Educators stress the importance of attendance | K-12 Dive

4th Circuit denies Maryland parents suing over LGBTQ+ curriculum opt-outs | K-12 Dive

Cardona: ‘Low expectations’ for Black students continue today | K-12 Dive

https://www.chalkbeat.org/2024/05/10/they-came-for-the-schools-southlake-playbook-partisan-school-board-battle/?utm_source=Chalkbeat&utm_campaign=98ac037a1b-National+Getting+Asian+American+history+lessons+ri&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9091015053-98ac037a1b-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&mc_cid=98ac037a1b&mc_eid=5308364d48

Schools, police tell students to cease ‘senior assassins’ game | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

Public Hearing on Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation

The Virginia Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed revisions to the Standards of Accreditation on June 4 at 4 p.m. This revision to the Standards of Accreditation focuses on changes to the accreditation process and the development of a school performance and support framework. Parents, educators, and interested citizens are invited to attend the session and comment. Interested individuals can register to attend and/or speak in the public hearing. Information on the revisions to the Standards of Accreditation can be found here

Ed. Department Updates

ED ANNOUNCES INCREASED FUNDING FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES IN SCHOOL

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and on Thursday, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to increase access to school-based mental health services, including: (1) increased investments in the Department of Education’s (ED) School-Based Mental Health Services (SBMH) and Mental Health Service Professionals (MHSP) grant programs in the current Fiscal Year; (2) making additional investments through the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act (BSCA); and (3) offering new mental health and wellbeing trainings and resources for schools and educators. In addition to increasing available funding, ED extended the application windows for both grant programs until May 31, 2024, now remaining open through the entirety of Mental Health Awareness Month. “Today’s announcements affirm the BidenHarris Administration’s continued commitment to tackling our youth mental health crisis,” said Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “We know students are more likely to access mental health support if it’s offered in schools. By nearly doubling funds this year for school-based mental health professionals, releasing additional funds to help advance a variety of mental health strategies, and providing additional training and resources, we are raising the bar for student wellbeing across the country.”

?More information about upcoming events on mental health can be found on ED’s Best Practices Clearinghouse calendar; and additional resources, including toolkits and reports from ED’s technical assistance centers, can be found in the resource library.

VASSP Member Update, May 13, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Shenandoah County School Board votes to restore the Confederate Names of schools

Chronic absenteeism: Here’s how Stafford County says they’re keeping kids in school

Loudoun sheriff calls for school resource officers on elementary campuses

More of Youngkin’s lab schools approved, but future state funding still in limbo | WVTF

National Articles of Interest 

Rapid guessing on tests increases after lunch, study finds | K-12 Dive

Schools face diminished capacity to meet student mental health needs | K-12 Dive

When are students ready for Algebra I? | K-12 Dive

School districts’ gifted student support, identification ‘mediocre at best’ | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

New ActiVAtED Learning Podcast 

Article: 2024-18-162
Contact: Calypso Gilstrap, Associate Director, Office of Educational Technology and Classroom Innovation, Calypso.Gilstrap@doe.virginia.gov 

Blue Ridge PBS, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education are pleased to announce the release of season one of ActiVAtED Learning, a 12-episode podcast designed to elevate the profession of teaching and explore trends and best practices in instructional technology, including discussions with classroom teachers who share their own philosophies of learning. 

The series features interviews with thought leaders, award winning teachers, technology leaders and others focused on improving instruction in the Commonwealth. The series premiered in January with a conversation with Blended Learning expert and author Catlin Tucker. Recorded on location at the 2023 VSTE Conference in Roanoke before a live audience, the episode set the tone for the rest of the podcast series. New episodes have been released every other Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and Spotify as well as being aired on the ECHO Channel, a broadcast and streaming channel focused on Education, Community, Health and Opportunity. 

New episodes will continue to be released until the season concludes on June 19th.

Virginia War Memorial Summer Professional Development

The Virginia War Memorial is excited to announce that the registration for the Summer 2024 Teacher Institutes is now open!  Options include a one-day professional development session focusing on Connecting Students to History: A Workshop on Research, Writing, and Photography on June 18. The second option is a three-day session on Normandy and Beyond: The Fight for Freedom held July 16-18. These sessions are open to all educators at no cost and teachers are eligible to receive recertification points for daily attendance. Registration is open now.

Zearn Educator TrainingSchool divisions that have opted into Zearn Math for Virginia ALL In Tutoring are invited to join live training sessions this spring. In these sessions, facilitators will guide Virginia educators and leaders through their approach to math learning, materials to support tutoring sessions and how to navigate the Zearn platform. The next opportunities for educators are May 22 and June 14.

VASSP Member Update, May 6, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

School funding from the Virginia Lottery a drop in the bucket for school divisions

Virginia attorney general joins efforts to fight back against Title IX changes

‘Teachers are fearful’: York County teacher accused of harassment by school board member speaks out | WAVY.com

The 1st Va. school system to hire a human trafficking prevention specialist is hiring another one. Here’s why – WTOP News

Virginia education board approves six more lab schools to aid students; is the process too quick?

Department of Education Releases Spring Standards of Learning Parent Reports | News | emporiaindependentmessenger.com

Changes to more school times ahead for next year

National Articles of Interest 

After-school programs expect to scale down with pandemic aid ending | K-12 Dive

Net neutrality is back. What does that mean for schools? | K-12 Dive

Title IX lawsuits escalate: 15 states now suing | K-12 Dive

Therapy Apps to Assist Students in California

DOE Updates

Registration Open: Virginia Literacy Act Elementary and Middle School Principals Professional Development 

Article: 2024-18-166
Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals
Contact: Jill Nogueras, Associate Director of K-12 English Literacy,??Jill.Nogueras@doe.virginia.gov

This June, elementary and middle school principals and one of the school’s assistant principals are invited to attend a one-day, in-person training on evidence-based literacy instruction and science-based reading research. Topics will include using data to plan instruction, coaching systems change, core instruction, and the role of reading specialists. 

***An email with registration information is being sent on Friday, May 3, 2024, to ELA supervisors as identified in SSWS with registration links and a password. Supervisors should work with division leadership to identify elementary and middle school principals and one of each school’s assistant principals who need this training.*** 

Location/Address Date/Time 
Henrico County Public Schools
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060 
June 14, 2024  
9 a.m.- 4p.m. 
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center
Abingdon, VA 24212 
June 17, 2024
9 a.m.- 4p.m. 
Shenandoah University: Halpin-Harrison Hall
600 Millwood Ave.
Winchester, VA 22601 
June 21, 2024
9 a.m.- 4p.m. 
Longwood University
201 High Street
Farmville, VA 3909 
June 24, 2024
9 a.m.- 4p.m. 
Chesapeake Public Schools
Indian River High School
1969 Braves Trail
Chesapeake, Virginia 23325 
June 27, 2024
9 a.m.- 4p.m. 

Additional opportunities will be available for a fall session for new principals/assistant principals and those who have conflicts with the summer training dates above. 

Zearn Educator Training

School divisions that have opted into Zearn Math for Virginia ALL In Tutoring are invited to join live training sessions this spring. In these sessions, facilitators will guide Virginia educators and leaders through their approach to math learning, materials to support tutoring sessions and how to navigate the Zearn platform. The next opportunities for educators are May 22 and June 14.

VASSP Member Update, April 22, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Concerns Raised Over School Accountability System Changes | News | dnronline.com

Middle School Students Appear Happier without Cell Phones

Fairfax Co. schools stand to lose millions in funding under Youngkin’s proposed budget amendments, school system says – WTOP News

Bill allowing school boards to provide period education in schools signed into law by Governor Youngkin | WRIC ABC 8News

Albemarle County teachers win collective bargaining rights

National Articles of Interest 

Preschool enrollment, state spending hit record highs | K-12 Dive

92% of school leaders concerned about academic recovery, NCES survey says | K-12 Dive

Student challenges outside the classroom pose biggest obstacle for educators worldwide | K-12 Dive

House members, witnesses agree time is ripe to pass federal data privacy laws | K-12 Dive

What data from 4 states says about teacher shortages

DOE Updates

Live Training Sessions to Support Your High-Intensity Tutoring Program

Article: 2024-16-151

Audience: Directors, School Principals, Teachers

Contact: Dr. Michelle Wallace, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Michelle.Wallace@doe.virginia.gov

School divisions that have opted into Zearn Math for Virginia ALL In Tutoring are invited to join live training sessions with the Zearn team this spring. In these sessions, Zearn facilitators will guide Virginia educators and leaders through Zearn’s approach to math learning, materials to support tutoring sessions, and how to navigate the Zearn platform. 

Upcoming opportunities for Educators are April 24, May 22, and June 14. 

Upcoming opportunity for Leaders is April 23.  

Sign up here for live training to support high-intensity tutoring programs.

VAASSP Member Update, April 15, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Youngkin seeks to remove school attendance recovery program requirement

Prosecutor will probe possible coverup in investigation of teacher’s shooting

School districts react after Youngkin vetoes bills meant to increase funding for school construction, renovation | WRIC ABC 8News

Roanoke City middle schools offering Saturday school

Former assistant principal charged in case of 6-year-old who shot Virginia teacher

New stop arm cameras installed on Portsmouth school buses

National Articles of Interest 

How much are students using AI in their writing? | K-12 Dive

Florida law on transgender employees’ pronoun use hits roadblock | K-12 Dive

23% of teachers experienced a gun-related school lockdown in 2022-23 | K-12 Dive

School librarians targeted in new wave of censorship legislation | K-12 Dive

How 2 Tennessee school districts are approaching AI policies | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

April Virginia Literacy Act Updates

Article: 2024-15-142
Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers
Contact: Jill Nogueras, Associate Director of K-12 English Literacy,  Jill.Nogueras@doe.virginia.gov

The Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) is among the most comprehensive early literacy policies in the nation. The objective of the VLA is to improve literacy outcomes for all K-8 students. To support school divisions as they continue to implement the VLA, VDOE has released an extensive update on the Virginia Literacy Act.

  1. Instructional Materials K-5 Core Release
  2. K-5 Intervention and Supplemental Materials
  3. 6-8 Intervention and Supplemental Materials
  4. Use of VALLS 2024-2025
  5. Professional Development
  6. Division Literacy Plans & Student Reading Plans

Superintendents are asked to share these resources with key staff.

Assessment Webinar Detailing Item Maps for Grades 3-8 Reading and Mathematics

Article: 2024-15-141
Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers, Division Directors of Testing, School Test Coordinators
Contact: Office of Student Assessment, Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Office of Student Assessment will present a webinar to highlight the features and instructional use of the Virginia Assessment Item Maps on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 2:30 p.m.  

As explained previously in Superintendent’s Newsletter #2024-12, item maps provide descriptions and examples of test items students were likely to answer correctly based on the vertical scaled score they achieved on their state assessment. A vertical scaled score allows comparisons between Virginia Growth Assessments and Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Each item map provides examples and descriptions of actual SOL test questions at different score points within the vertical scaled score range for a specific grade and subject.  

These examples illustrate types of test questions students may see on the state assessments in a particular grade and subject. The descriptions explain what students may know or be able to do at each score point. Some descriptions include an image of a newly released SOL test question with answer options to further show what students would most likely answer correctly if they achieved at or above that score point. This information, along with students’ test results, may be used to plan conversations with families, determine intervention strategies to strengthen understanding, or establish a plan to accelerate learning. 

This webinar is intended for Division Directors of Testing and division-level English and Mathematics Supervisors. An email with details for registering for the session has been sent to these staff. 

2024 English Standards of Learning
The Virginia Board of Education approved the 2024 English Standards of Learning at their March 28, 2024 business meeting. We appreciate all the educators across the Commonwealth who shared their expertise and participated in the process which began in 2023. A clean copy of the Standards and a supporting crosswalk document is posted on the 2024 English Standards of Learning page. Additional resources will be posted as they become available.

New Mathematics Resources: Upper-level Mathematics Understanding the Standards Documents New resources aligned to the 2023 Mathematics Standards of Learning are now available. These resources include Understanding the Standards documents for secondary courses to include Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis; Trigonometry; Computer Math; Probability and Statistics; Discrete Mathematics; Mathematics Analysis; and Data Science. These documents amplify the standards and further define the content knowledge, skills, and understandings of the Mathematics SOL. Understanding the Standards documents for all Board-approved mathematics grade levels and courses are now available on the 2023 Mathematics Instructional Resources webpage.Public Hearings for the Proposed Draft 2024 Computer Science Standards of Learning
The Virginia Board of Education will hold public hearings on the proposed revised Computer Science Standards of Learning. The Standards identify the essential content, processes, and skills for grade levels and subject courses. The most current information about the revision process, as well as public hearing dates and locations, is available on the?Review and Revision of the 2017 Computer Science Standards of Learning?webpage

VASSP Member Update, April 8, 2024

State Articles of Interest  

Residents can give feedback on Virginia Board of Education’s newly approved school-ranking system

Va. Gov. Youngkin amends bill that requires schools to notify parents of student overdoses

VDOE hears feedback from Shenandoah Valley educators

If you’re heading to a City Schools sporting event next fall, expect to walk through a metal detector

King William schools to start banning cell phone use – Daily Press

National Articles of Interest 

Book ban attempts soared 65% in 2023 | K-12 Dive

Superintendent coalition aims to strengthen whole child supports | K-12 Dive

Only about half of K-2 students on track for reading | K-12 Dive

11% of teachers ‘very likely’ to look for a new job as stress mounts | K-12 Dive

DOE Updates

National Writing Project: Teachers as Writers, Writers as Teachers

This summer, Longwood University’s Southside Virginia Writing Project will offer its 8-week online asynchronous Summer Writing Institute: Teachers as Writers, Writers as Teachers. Participants will grow themselves as writers and teachers of writing as they write across genres, participate in peer writing groups, dive into the research on best writing practices across the JK-12 and higher education spectrum, and more. Register or reach out to the SVWP’s Director for more information. Participants may earn up to 90 recertification points for this 3-credit course.

New Resource: Virginia Assessment Item Maps for Grades 3-8 Reading and MathematicsThis new resource, Virginia Assessment Item Maps, provides descriptions and examples of test items students were likely to answer correctly based on the vertical scaled score they achieved on their state assessment. A vertical scaled score allows comparisons between Virginia Growth Assessments and Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Each item map provides examples and descriptions of actual SOL test questions at different score points within the vertical scaled score range for a specific grade and subject. This information, along with students’ test results, may be used to plan conversations with families, determine intervention strategies to strengthen understanding, or establish a plan to accelerate learning. The Grades 3-8 Reading and Mathematics Item Maps are now available online on the Growth Assessment webpage.

VASSP Member Update, March 25, 2024

There will be no VASSP Member Update on April 1, 2024. The next edition will be April 8, 2024.

State Articles of Interest  

Target 7: How Roanoke City Public Schools responds to threats

Prince William County School Board Ratifies First Collective Bargaining Agreement – Bristow Beat

Appomattox County Schools to use AI technology to keep students safe

Waynesboro among school systems working to expand expedited teaching program – Augusta Free Press

Henrico Schools staffers make another push for collective bargaining

Richmond Public School leaders to update ‘Homebound Instruction’ policies and more at meeting | WRIC ABC 8News

National Articles of Interest 

How can districts ensure students have enough social-emotional support? | K-12 Dive

Supreme Court protects public officials’ free speech rights in social media rulings | K-12 Dive

Biden signs FY 24 budget for Education Department, other agencies | K-12 Dive

By the Numbers: The end of universal school meals hurt student meal participation | K-12 Dive

How are high schools supporting students through FAFSA delays? | K-12 Dive

Alabama governor signs law banning school DEI funding | K-12 Dive

Improving the High School Experience-ChalkBeat

DOE Updates

Roundtable Discussions on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

Audience: Superintendents, Directors, School Principals, Teachers
Contact: Laura Casdorph, Science Coordinator, Laura.Casdorph@doe.virginia.gov

The Virginia Department of Education is hosting roundtable discussions to obtain feedback from educators, parents, and other stakeholders on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning. Feedback garnered from the roundtable discussions will inform the revision process for the 2025 Science Standards of Learning. Roundtable sessions will be available virtually and in-person at the times and dates indicated below. Feedback can also be provided through the Comments on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning form or by emailing comments directly to vdoe.science@doe.virginia.gov. Comments must be received by May 31, 2024.  

  • April 22, 2024 (In-person), 4-5 p.m., Roanoke County Schools Central Office Building, 5937 Cove Road, Roanoke, VA 24019 
  • April 23, 2024 (Virtual), 12-1 p.m. Registration Link
  • April 23, 2024 (Virtual), 7-8 p.m. Registration Link.  
  • April 25, 2024 (In-person), 5-6 p.m., Fairfax County Schools, Willow Oaks Administrative Center, 8270 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031 
  • May 1, 2024 (In-person), 6-7 p.m., Charlottesville City Schools, Walker Upper Elementary, 1564 Dairy Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 
  • May 7, 2024 (In-person), 5-6 p.m., Newport News Schools Board Office, 12465 Warwick Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23606 
  • May 8, 2024 (Virtual), 12-1 p.m. Registration Link
  • May 8, 2024 (Virtual), 4-5 p.m. Registration Link

Naloxone Distribution to K-12 Public School Divisions

Audience: Superintendents, School Principals, Non-teaching Staff, and Administrators
Contact: Joseph A. Wharff, Director of Behavioral Health and Wellness, Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Naloxone Distribution Team is hosting an informational webinar on naloxone distribution to K-12 public school divisions on Tuesday, March 26, at noon. Individuals at the school board and division levels are asked to join this webinar to discuss the VDH Naloxone Distribution Program including naloxone access for public schools and considerations for keeping students and staff safe.? 

Please register in advance for the webinar using the Naloxone Distribution Webinar for K-12 Public School Divisions registration page. A recording and presentation slides will be shared after the webinar.? 

VLA Implementation Playbook

As school divisions continue to engage in the regional literacy network implementation series and prepare for full implementation of the Virginia Literacy Act, the Department has created a playbook that will serve as a companion framework to help guide decision making and assist school division leadership teams in mapping out their implementation plan when they return to their divisions. The VLA Implementation Playbook is designed to meet every school division where they are in the process and will aid in providing a roadmap for a successful 2024-2025 school year.

New Resources Aligned to the 2023 Mathematics Standards of Learning

These resources are now available on the 2023 Mathematics Instructional Resources webpage. These resources include Understanding the Standards documents for Grades K-5 (released February 9), and Grades 6 through Algebra 2 (released February 29). The documents further define the content knowledge, skills, and understandings of the Mathematics SOL. They provide background information about mathematical concepts and delineate the minimum content that all students should learn. Understanding the Standards documents for upper-level secondary mathematics courses will be released at the end of March.

Ed. Department Updates

ED GETS $82B IN BIDEN’S FISCAL YEAR 2025 BUDGET REQUEST, 4% INCREASE

On Monday, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. Following historic progress made since the President took office, the Budget aims to lower costs for working families, protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare, invest in America and the American people, and reduce the deficit by cracking down on fraud, cutting wasteful spending, and increasing taxes on wealthy corporations. In terms of education, the Budget will invest in evidence-based strategies and partnerships that will help improve learning conditions, build pathways to college and careers, and increase postsecondary education affordability and access.

The proposed budget requests $82.4 billion in discretionary Budget Authority, marking a $3.1 billion or 4.0 percent increase from the FY 2024 annualized Continuing Resolution (CR) level. With these resources, the Department of Education (ED) plans to enhance academic excellence by investing in high-need schools and student recovery by providing $18.6 billion for Title I and $14.4 billion for Individuals with Disability Education Act Part B. In addition, it aims to eliminate the educator shortage and support student mental health and well-being through a $216 million investment for School Safety National Activities. With the goal of promoting global engagement, ED will also provide $940 million to support English learners and $1.5 billion for Career and Technical Education state grants.

?Lastly, ED plans on using these funds to reduce higher education costs through increasing Pell Grant awards, proposing the elimination of origination fees on Federal Direct student loans, and establishing partnerships to make two years of community college free for first-time students and workers wanting to reskill.