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After a new study found that reading losses, particularly for low-income students and those with learning disabilities may have reached 30 percent during the pandemic, alarm bells should be ringing in local school divisions where the third grade reading scores were already too low before the pandemic.

It will be tempting for school divisions throughout the commonwealth to use this hiatus in standardized testing to “dumb down” their local assessments in order to report better scores for the 2020-21 school year. But that would be a bad idea.

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Most school systems in the Fredericksburg area improved scores on math Standards of Learning tests last school year—reflecting the trend statewide, according to preliminary results released Wednesday. But the percentage of students passing the tests in Colonial Beach and Caroline and Westmoreland counties fell short of the state’s pass rates

RICHMOND—Complaints about rote memorization and over-tested schoolchildren are prompting proposals to reform Virginia’s Standards of Learning tests. House Republicans on Tuesday said they’ll push to reduce the number of SOL tests from 34 to 26, eliminating tests mostly from elementary and middle school grades, and focusing more on reading and

Students who’ve sweated out a summer school math class while friends were at the pool might smile at the idea of their math teachers brushing up on teaching skills as summer begins. But the teachers want to. That’s what Germanna’s Center for Workforce and Community Education learned when representatives visited

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SOLs are coming up. So parents will be getting letters reminding them to make sure their child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a good breakfast. My sons have always been reluctant breakfast eaters–a habit they inherited from me. So I’m never quite sure how to get a good

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The Virginia Department of Education has created an email system to provide teachers and parents with ongoing information regarding Standards of Learning tests. VDOE says it created the system in response to input from educators. Below is the news release with more details. VDOE Encourages Educators to Subscribe to TeacherDirect

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The Virginia Department of Education just released a summary of strategies for success on the new math Standards of Learning tests. The information came from a survey of school divisions that did well on the new tests. Here are the highlights from the release: Teachers cited the following as critical

By PAMELA GOULD THE FREE LANCE-STAR Scores on math Standards of Learning tests fell sharply among all students in the Fredericksburg region and the state. The state Department of Education recently released its breakdown of scores from the 2011–12 school year among subgroups of students in grades 3, 5, 8

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Twenty schools from the Fredericksburg region scored a 100 percent pass rate on the new math Standards of Learning tests. Results released by the state this week did not include two of the schools because fewer than 10 students at those schools took the test, Stafford County schools spokeswoman Valerie

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UPDATE: 18 schools in the Fredericksburg region score 100 percent pass rate on the new math SOL tests. Following is a list of those schools. PERFECT SCORES Caroline Middle School, Caroline County, Algebra I and Geometry. Culpeper Middle, Culpeper County, Algebra I and Geometry. Floyd T. Binns Middle, Culpeper County,

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