Virginia

Virginia Department of Education Awards 21st Century Grants

On August 26, VDOE announced that it is “awarding 28 grants to fund new 21st Century Community Learning Centers in 19 school divisions,” reports ABC 13 News. “The 21st Century Community Learning Centers program is authorized under Title IV, Part B, of the federal Elementary...

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All About ESSA as Old Dominion Begins School Year

Justin Mattingly reports for the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Virginia is in the midst of implementing its ESSA plan, which among other measures includes a new accreditation system. As the state puts its plan into practice, Mattingly provides timely answers “to common questions about ESSA, Virginia’s plan and what it...

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Faith Leader Not so Hot on Old Dominion’s ESSA Plan

Rev. Tony Suarez opines in The Virginian-Pilot that, “unfortunately for Virginians, an independent and bipartisan peer review of our state [ESSA] plan (published at bit.ly/CheckStatePlansVA) uncovered some serious concerns about our schools’ transparency and accountability.”

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VA’s New ESSA Plan Gives Credits to Students Who Show Growth

Student academic growth “will carry greater weight in evaluating Virginia schools” under the Commonwealth’s new ESSA plan, which has been submitted for federal approval. Virginia Department of Education officials “say a big change is that Virginia’s plan uses a metric that includes not just test...

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VA Dept. of Ed Proposes New Accountability System

The Virginia Dept. of Education is proposing a new accountability system. Under the new plan, “schools will be identified as requiring either ‘comprehensive support and improvement’ — when school-wide test scores fall short of benchmarks — or ‘targeted support and improvement’ — when a subgroup...

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Groups Express their Concern about VA’s ESSA Plan

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Legal Aid Justice Center wrote a letter to the state Dept. of Education expressing concern about its ESSA plan. The groups argue, “There have been few meaningful opportunities for public input since the draft’s release.” The...

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