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Governor McAuliffe announces next steps in SOL reform process

By CALVIN PYNN

calvin@southwesttimes.com

On Tuesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the process for the nomination and appointment of members to the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee.

The 2014 General Assembly directed Secretary of Education Anne Holton to establish the committee as part of a package of reforms to the commonwealth’s assessment and accountability system. According to spokesman Brian Coy, the committee’s charge is to recommend further reforms, in addition to an already-approved reduction in the number of required SOL tests.

“Innovation and accountability are critical components in building a public education system that meets the demands of a 21st Century economy,” McAuliffe said.  “The challenge for the SOL Innovation Committee will be to chart a course for reform that builds on the strengths of the current SOL system while creating more room for the rich, creative and innovative learning experiences that will prepare all Virginia students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in a global economy.”

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