On Monday, February 6, we welcomed educators and policymakers from across Virginia for a day-long work session focused on state assessment and accountability. Most Virginians are very aware of the state’s SOL tests (Standards of Learning), which began in the 1990s and have been a part of the Commonwealth’s school accountability system ever since.
These summative, high-stakes tests remain a centerpiece of statewide assessment in Virginia, though educational leaders are working hard to bring greater balance to our state’s overall assessment profile. With the implementation of our division’s Balanced Assessment Project a few years back, Goochland has been highly engaged in this work and remains a leader in Virginia when it comes to establishing an assessment framework that tells a complete picture of student learning.
Members of the statewide work group included one representative from each of the eight superintendents’ regions, officers from the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and Dr. Steven Constantino, Chief Academic Officer at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).