The Answer Sheet: Virginia


Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014

New Virginia education superintendent advocated for less testing

He led a drive to persuade school boards in the state to pass a resolution calling for less testing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013

A warning to Virginia’s next governor

A rebellion is growing against test-based school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:09 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Virginia Education

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013

Study: Most states don't score well on financial literacy

Here's how every state did on its commitment to financial literacy.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Financial Literacy, Virginia Gets an A; Maryland Gets a D

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The toll high-stakes tests take on non-traditional learners (and their teachers)

This piece describes in painful detail how Virginia's high-stakes SOLs affect the non-traditional learners at a Charlottesville school.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:01 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  A Painful Snapshot in Virginia, A Snapshot in Virginia

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2013

More than 200 colleges, universities still accepting students for fall

Here are some of the college and universities still taking students for fall.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:44 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Across The Country, Admissions, College Admissions, In D.C., Maryland, Other States, Virginia

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Virginia lawmakers wimp out on U-Va.

Here's how tough Virginia's tough legislative leaders were on Helen Dragas, who, in her role as rector of the governing board of the University of Virginia, threw the school into unneeded turmoil last summer with an ultimately unsuccessful effort to remove the president for reasons that have still not been explained to the public.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Not so tough on Dragas, University of Virginia

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013

Parsing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's education agenda

In his State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday night, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed a state constitutional amendment that would make it easier for charter schools to open, an A-F system to grade schools, the use of Teach For America members, and more.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:08 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School Reform, Virginia schools, Wants More Charter Schools

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Dear Gov. McDonnell: Allowing guns at school is 'a terrible idea'

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said on WTOP radio's "Ask the Governor" show that it is time to have a public discussion about allowing officials on school campuses to carry guns. Here is a letter from two Virginia residents -- University of Virginia cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham and his wife, teacher Trisha Willingham -- starting that very discussion by telling McDonnell he is wrong.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:25 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns on Campus, Two Teachers Take on Virginia governor: Reject

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/13/2012

The University of Virginia's big problem

An accrediting agency has put the University of Virginia on "warning" for violating rules during last summer's leadership crisis, and the school's provost says U-Va.'s governing body is working on the problem. The problem is: The board can't work out the problem because the board, or at least the leadership, IS the problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gov. McDonnell?, Helen Dragas, University of Virginia, What say you

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 01/13/2011

Va. orders history textbook review -- finally

The Virginia Board of Education has finally taken the first step toward removing two elementary school history textbooks that it had earlier approved despite many errors.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:16 PM ET, 01/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History | Tags:  errors in textbooks, five ponds press, history textbooks, textbook controversy, textbook errors, textbooks, textbooks and errors, virginia board of education, virginia history, virginia textbooks

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/08/2011

Why Fairfax's textbook recall is surprising

Now that Fairfax County is recalling a fourth-grade social studies textbook with dozens of errors, the question is why any other system using them hasn't done the same thing.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History, History | Tags:  a history of us, errors in textbooks, history textbooks, joy hakim, textbook adoption, textbook adoption process, textbook recall, textbooks, virginia social studies textbooks, virginia textbooks

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010

University of Virginia reforms speech code

The University of Virginia has eliminated four controversial policies that restricted the free speech of students and faculty, becoming one of a minority of schools across the country to do so.

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Higher Education, Higher Education | Tags:  FIRE, free speech, free speech on campus, speech codes, university of virginia

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2010

Why are we failing in history, science education?

An award-winning writer of history and science textbooks writes about the importance of great textbooks and explains why so many are so terrible.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers, Guest Bloggers | Tags:  history, history textbooks, joy hakim, science, science textbooks, textbook adoption, textbooks, virginia textbooks

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 10/20/2010

The rich irony in Virginia’s history textbook error

There is rich historic irony in the news that a textbook given to Virginia’s fourth graders wrongly claims that thousands of African Americans fought for the South during the Civil War: The process by which textbooks are adopted by states began because Southern states after the war did not want their children to read the North’s version of the conflict.

By Valerie Strauss  |  10:10 AM ET, 10/20/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Curriculum, Curriculum, Curriculum | Tags:  black confederates, civil war, confederate soldiers, diane ravitch, did blacks fight for the south, history textbooks, jay mathews, textbook adoption, textbooks, the confederacy, virginia textbook, virginia textbooks

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 05/05/2010

Many colleges still accepting applications

Scores of colleges and universities in the greater Washington area and around the nation are still accepting applications from students for enrollment this fall even though the traditional admissions seasons is over.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:13 AM ET, 05/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Admissions | Tags:  College of Notre Dame, Hood College, Mary Baldwin College, NACAC, Roanoke College, Trinity University, UMD Baltimore, University of Virginia, admissions survey, college admissions, college applications, colleges still accepting applications, colleges with openings

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010

How safe are college campuses?

Every time there is a sensational murder on or around a college campus, and school security becomes a hot issue, as it is today in the wake of the murder of a University of Virginia student by her former boyfriend, also a student. So exactly how safe are college campuses?

By Valerie Strauss  |  05:30 PM ET, 05/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Life, College Life | Tags:  George Huguelycharged with first-degree murder, college campuses and safety, college life, huegely, lacrosse murder, murder and uva, university of virginia, uva student killed, uva student murdered, yeardley and murder

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 04/21/2010

Should public schools teach gun safety? Virginia schools may

What with the deep concern in the country that too many kids can’t read or write on grade level, and that most kids don’t know anything about financial literacy or can’t name the first five presidents, guess what subject the Virginia General Assembly wants public elementary schools to teach? Gun safety.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:07 PM ET, 04/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Elementary School, Elementary School | Tags:  National Rifle Association, National Rifle Association and gun safety program, Virginia General Assembly and schools, Virginia schools, Virginia schools to teach gun safety, teaching gun safety, the NRA and gun safety

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 04/08/2010

Teaching the Civil War: Debate still alive

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s apology for leaving slavery out of a proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month cannot gloss over the fact that the issue is still alive. While there is little disagreement among professional historians that slavery was the central reason for the secession of 11 Southern states from the union and the eruption of the war, it is still taught as only one of the issues in many Southern schools.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:29 AM ET, 04/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  causes of civil war, mcpherson and civil war, obama, obama and civil war, obama and history, slavery as cause of civil war, teaching the civil war, virginia gov. civil war, virginia politics

Posted at 06:04 PM ET, 04/07/2010

McPherson on slavery and Virginia's governor

Civil War expert James McPherson says that Virginia Gov. McDonnell had it wrong when he indicated that slavery was not “most significant” for Virginia as an issue during the Civil War period. Let's hope Virginia's student learn Civil War history the way McPherson teaches it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:04 PM ET, 04/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  History | Tags:  Confederate Month, Gov. McDonnell, James McPherson, Virginia, history