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