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Virginia lawmakers seek to simplify school ratings with A to F grades

Published on: 
Mon, 02/25/2013
Media Source: 
Washington Post

To simplify an ever-growing list of school rankings, Virginia lawmakers have approved a new way to rate the state’s schools, and it’s borrowed straight from teachers’ grade books:

Fairfax County considers creating virtual high school

Published on: 
Thu, 04/12/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Fairfax County schools could become the first in the Washington region to create a virtual public high school that would allow students to take all their classes from a computer at home. No sports teams. No pep rallies. No lockers, no hall passes. Instead, assignments delivered on-screen and after-school clubs that meet online. It’s a reimagination of the American high school experience. And it’s a nod to the power of the school choice movement, which has given rise to the widespread expectation that parents should have a menu of options to customize their children’s education.

New initiatives making schools data readily available

Published on: 
Sun, 11/27/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Parents across the Washington region will soon have more readily available — and useful— information about how their public schools are doing

Montgomery County is paving the way for new school standards

Published on: 
Mon, 09/05/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

A year after political leaders embraced national standa

62% of Virginia schools labeled “failing” under No Child Left Behind

Published on: 
Fri, 08/12/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

The exploding failure rate comes despite a decade of steady academic gains and overall passing rates close to or exceeding 90 percent statewide and throughout much of Northern Virginia. But under NCLB, the target passing rates for standardized tests increase each year in an effort to meet the federal law’s goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2013.

States can apply for waivers on school testing required by No Child law

Published on: 
Tue, 08/09/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

School leaders in Virginia and Maryland said they are likely to seek exemptions for the most stringent requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law after an announcement Monday that the Obama administ

Montgomery superintendent recommends county’s first charter school

Published on: 
Fri, 06/24/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Montgomery County’s superintendent on Thursday recommended approval of the county’s first public charter school, signaling that one of the nation’s marquee school systems is ready to accept such an experiment after years of resistance. The new school, which could open in 2012, would represent a milestone for the Washington region.

Virginia acts to limit use of exam for special-ed students after criticism

Published on: 
Fri, 02/26/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Virginia officials are moving to sharply limit an alternative testing program that many schools in the Washington suburbs use to measure the abilities of special education students who traditionally have fared poorly on the state's Standards of Learning exams.

Virginia schools fall short of new benchmarks, but scores rise slightly

Published on: 
Fri, 08/13/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Average scores on Virginia's Standards of Learning math exams rose slightly and reading performance remained static in the 2009-10 school year, but the vast majority of public schools across the state failed to meet new performance benchmarks for graduation rates and for students with disabilities, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education.