Staff at an Oct. 22 Loudoun County School Board meeting introduced a preliminary legislative program for consideration.
Sam Adamo, executive director for the Department of Planning and Legislative Services, outlined some of the changes the Legislative Committee has recommended.
The most talked about aspect of the legislative program deals with the overhaul of SOL testing.
One part deals with providing students with the opportunity for expedited retakes and the number of tests given to students in grades three through six.
“I have heard of students filling out a bubble or missing one and as a result all their answers are off. Providing the students with a retake if needed is something we should support,” Debbie Rose (Algonkian) said. “On the overhaul of the assessments, that refers to changing the subjects that are tested for some of those grades by reducing them to just math and reading, note science and social studies.”
Leesburg School Board member Bill Fox, who is a former civics teacher, noted his strong desire to remove science and social science SOL tests.
“We need to get rid of these because they are fundamentally different from math and reading. In science and social science we are testing a student's ability to memorize content,” Fox said. “This is an opportunity for us all to get on board and say we support local control and that we do not support, sort of this mindless testing of the memorization of content, which has no utility for our students.”
Several recommendations deal with charter schools and the board's desire to see those as viable options for county students.
On that front, they hope to change charter school law, allowing existing students and their siblings to be grandfathered into a charter school before a lottery.
They also support a change to charter school law allowing the School Board to determine charter school standards and needs in the school division.
The School Board will adopt the legislative program during one of their meetings in November.
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