Category Archives: Education

Scrap the SOL’s and Move On

( This article is responded to by John Butcher in the next column.) Maybe it’s time for Virginia to scrap the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. The SOLs arose in the mid-1990s as a way to provide feedback to the … Continue reading

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Reform the SOLs, Don’t Kill Them

SOL Results Have Guided Home Purchase Decisions, With the Effect of Harming Low-Performing Schools

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How Long Must Parents Wait?

In a recent news release, Governor Terry McAuliffe heralded the fact that 86 percent of Virginia schools were fully accredited – “a record high” for his administration and a five point improvement over last year. He neglected to mention that … Continue reading

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Do Remedial College Classes Need Reform? In Virginia, Probably Not

How do you handle a situation when a student is admitted to a college but isn’t academically prepared to do the work? Traditionally, colleges and community colleges have required students who fail basic readiness tests to take remedial courses. Nationally, … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Farewell … and Thanks.

Author’s Note:  When Cameron Elementary School Principal George Towery retired in 2010, I wrote the following column about his accomplishments and his leadership.  In a world in which many seem to define themselves by their politics, it’s hard to imagine … Continue reading

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