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Are changes coming to SOL testing?

Oct. 4, 2014

Momentum appears to be growing as educators, politicians, parents and other stakeholders recognize that current testing regulations may not offer the best measurements for student growth and learning. 

Now we're cookin'!

Oct. 1, 2014

Lessons in the kitchen help Waynesboro students discover the value of ideals such as teamwork, time management, budgeting and problem-solving.

$6 million earmarked for school security

Sept. 25, 2014

Priority will be given to schools in most need of updated equipment and/or with a high number of offenses. One hundred divisions and nearly 400 schools stand to get money from the grant.

Statewide math SOL scores on the rise

August 27, 2014

Virginia middle-school students made gains on Grade 7, Grade 8 and Algebra exams in the third year of new, rigorous testing standards. English and reading scores remained essentially unchanged.


Two Prince William County middle schools share in grant

August 20, 2014

Fred Lynn and Godwin middle schools are among three schools in Prince William County sharing in a grant worth more than a half-million dollars to create 21st-Century Community Learning Centers. The centers offer after-school and summer tutoring for students and will partner with community organizations to provide enrichment activities.


New 'field school' offers non-traditional learning experience

August 7, 2014

About 50 students will participate in the new venture, designed to help low-performing students reach their true potential with outdoor learning opportunities focused on science and social studies.


Radford hosts summer STEAM academy for middle-school students

July 20, 2014

Over the summer, Radford University hosted more than 50 middle school students in the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics Academy (STEAM), the second such session in the state this year.


VDOE unveils new interactive tool for digital learning

January 13, 2014

EduWidgets gives teachers and students the chance to build and customize apps in order to create interactive content for BYOD devices, tablets and the Web.



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