Governor: SOL reform committee has completed recommendations

The Standards of Learning Innovation Committee has completed its first round of interim recommendations, Secretary of Education Anne Holton announced earlier this week.

The committee, which started in July to help reform the current assessment system, has brought together educators, advocates, legislators of both parties and business leaders from around Virginia, a news release from the governor’s office said.

The committee will send its 12 recommendations to the Board of Education and the General Assembly detailing ways of reforming the SOL assessments, recognizing and promoting student growth and encouraging creativity in the classroom.

Addressing the committee’s recommendations, Governor Terry McAuliffe spoke of the necessity of innovation in building the kind of education system Virginia need to meet the demands of a new economy.

“I am proud of the work these dedicated Virginians have done in just a few short months,” he stated for the release. The recommendations they have offered will be the start of a years-long process that Holton stated will make the statewide accountability system even better.

The committee began after McAuliffe signed into law in April bipartisan legislation passed by the 2013 General Assembly.