State Board Will Revisit Mathematics Achievement Gaps

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Friday, September 7, 2012

The State Board of Education will revisit its annual measurable objectives for mathematics achievement Sept. 27 per the request David M. Foster, the board’s president.

The State Board set certain No Child Left Behind mandates to be waived in July, which meant Virginia schools and school divisions will no longer have to meet the legislation’s benchmarks.

The benchmarks that have been waived include reading, mathematics and the federal law that mandates all students to achieve grade-level proficiency by 2014.

“The time line for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning tests were available,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright said in a release. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics annual measurable objectives, U.S. Department of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.”

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