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McAuliffe joins Greason, Krupicka in Loudoun to sign SOL reform

Gov. Terry McAuliffe shook hands with many of the Newton-Lee students before and after the bill signing June 11. Here he chats with Grace Greason, Del. Tag Greason’s daughter. Times-Mirror Photo/Trevor Baratko
Gov. Terry McAuliffe, state Dels. Tag Greason and Rob Krupicka, local and state educators and hundreds of students flowed into the gymnasium at Newton-Lee Elementary in Ashburn Wednesday for a ceremonial signing of legislation reforming Standards of Learning tests.

Signing the legislation, which reduces the number of tests students have to take, served as a stark bipartisan portrait the day before state lawmakers were set to return to Richmond in hopes of hashing out a budget deal to avoid a government shutdown.

“Our students are taking a number of tests and then taking tests to get ready for the tests. At the end of the day they are learning to be champions at taking multiple choice tests,” Gov. McAuliffe, a Democrat, said. “We’d rather see some critical reasoning and cognitive thought process going on, because that’s how we know that you’re learning what you need for 21st century jobs.”

Key aspects of the education reform measure include reducing the number of SOL tests in grades 3-8 from 22 to 17, a 23 percent reduction; enabling local school boards to administer alternative assessments in those grades; and creating a Standards of Learning Innovation Committee.

Del. Greason, a Republican who represents Ashburn, patroned the bipartisan legislation with Democratic Del. Krupicka and the aid of leading educators and administrators around the state, many of whom were at Newton-Lee Wednesday.

Greason said he was "pleased with the bi-partisan support and input [he] received throughout the process."

The law will go into effect July 1.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed into law legislation reforming Standards of Learning testing in Virginia at a ceremony in Ashburn June 11. Courtesy Photo

Students at Newton-Lee Elementary in Ashburn hosted Gov. Terry McAuliffe and state Dels. Tag Greason and Rob Krupicka for a ceremonial bill signing. The legislation, patroned by Greason and Krupicka, reforms Standards of Learning tests. Times-Mirror Photo


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