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.