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August 26, 2019
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...
October 24, 2018
Virginia’s Department of Education has released a report identifying the state’s lowest-performing schools, Justin Mattingly reports for the Richmond Times Dispatch. Nineteen schools in Richmond were identified “as needing support” under ESSA. “This is the first year the state Education Department has identified schools that...
September 2, 2018
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...
March 5, 2018
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.”
September 18, 2017
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...
August 8, 2017
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...
July 26, 2017
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...
March 10, 2017
In response to the state report card provision under ESSA, the Virginia Dept. of Education released a website that “captures report card data” and “puts it into context that is meaningful and useful for parents, students and the general public.” Virginia State Superintendent Steven R. Staples stated that the “School...
January 30, 2017
The Virginia Dept. of Education announced the state will submit its final ESSA plan in September. State Superintendent Steven Staples stated the pushback came from “uncertainty over how President Donald Trump might affect the law.” Staples does not want to submit the plan until “some...
December 12, 2016
As reported by the Roanoke Times, Virginia will “likely take advantage” of the new regulations that allow states to postpone ESSA plan implementation. According to State Superintendent Steven Staples, “We may not have to rush to get that plan in now.”
July 19, 2016
Virginia Education Association has created a statewide ESSA implementation team and produced an online ESSA Digital Toolkit with resources to help constituents understand the law, creating your own ESSA team, recruiting members and presenting to local school boards.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.
April 1, 2016
Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction with the state Department of Education released a memo to VA division superintendents outlining some key differences that are know at this time between teacher qualifications under NCLB and ESSA. Read more here.