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Higher Va. graduation rate comes with asterisk attached

Northern Virginia school systems largely, if sometimes modestly, outperformed the state average when it came to members of the Class of 2021 graduating on time in four years. A total of 93 percent students who entered Virginia public schools four...

FCPS lauded by state for innovation

Fairfax County Public Schools is among five school districts across the commonwealth recognized as “School Divisions of Innovation” by the State Board of Education for designing and implementing alternatives to traditional instructional practices and school structures to improve student...

APS shut out in quest for 2021-22 Blue Ribbon School

One Fairfax County school was named among seven Virginia public schools honored as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, but the rest of Northern Virginia’s inner suburbs found themselves shut out. A total of 325...

FCPS elementary school earns Blue Ribbon status

One Fairfax County school was named among seven Virginia public schools honored as 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education, but the rest of Northern Virginia’s inner suburbs found themselves shut out. A total of 325...

Va. SAT scores up, but participation way down

While average SAT scores among members of the Class of 2021 in Virginia were up, state education officials – who released the data – were cautious about taking a victory lap. The reason? Average scores were higher, but number of...

Va. officials planning more student testing throughout year

Students in grades 3-8 this fall will be the first to take new “growth assessments” to determine baselines for measuring individual academic progress in reading and mathematics during the school year. The new tests are mandated by legislation approved by...

Editorial: SOL scores expose the tragedy of a lost year

Virginia Department of Education officials were out with 2020-21 Standards of Learning (SOLs) results last week. It was not a pretty picture. Particularly in science and math, pass rates among Virginia students cratered, sometimes as much as 30 points. In...

SOL scores crater after year of ‘Zoom school’

The data tell the tale: Public-school students in the local area and across the commonwealth suffered academically as a result of the School Board-mandated pandemic lockdowns that kept many of them behind computer screens in “Zoom school” for much...

Grant funds will target retention of special-ed teachers

State education officials are hoping to use additional federal grant funding to stem the tide of public-school special-education teachers departing their jobs. Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane announced Aug. 17 that the Virginia Department of Education has received...

Editor’s Notebook: An example of Virginia’s ‘new math’?

With the Northam administration seemingly hell-bent, before the governor hits the road next January, on completely dumbing down public education – “equity” apparently meaning to them that all kids have to come out of high school as ignoramuses –...
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New Hunter Mill Road bridge to take another step forward

Fairfax County supervisors on Oct. 19 were slated to give the go-ahead for a project-administration agreement with the Virginia...
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