Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Education
State Board of Education
Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia [8 VAC 20 ‑ 131]
Action Comprehensive review of the Standards of Accreditation
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 10/6/2017
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8/31/17  3:52 pm
Commenter: Nick Pontius

Support Changes to Virginia accountability system

As a father of 4 students attending public schools in Virginia, I am writing to express my support for the proposed changes Standards of Accrediation.    It is high time that Virginia move beyond a single test given on one day in May to determine if a student has the appropraite skills.    This places so much pressure on the students.  All I hear about all year long is SOL test this and SOL test that.   PLEASE move to a more balanced approach that includes multiple measures as well as student growth.     Take a running example.   Would you expect everyone to run a 9 minute mile?  Would you say to them, on May 18th I expect all of you to run a 9 minute mile and if you don't your a failure and may not get a diploma?    I hope not,  then why do it to students?   What if someone goes from a 13 minute mile to 9:30 mile?  Sounds great to me.      Thanks for reading, and please make changes so our children are not exacerbated by these silly SOL tests.   

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