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Fairfax teachers struggle with new evaluations

Published on: 
Wed, 11/07/2012
Media Source: 
Washington Examiner

Some Fairfax County teachers said they plan to resort to "cheating" to perform well on new evaluations introduced this fall that link their ratings to student achievement

Christina Nuckols: Setting new academic expectations

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Sun, 08/19/2012
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When the No Child Left Behind law was passed in 2001, it was uplifting to think that someday every student in America might be able to achieve basic reading and math skills.

62% of Virginia schools labeled “failing” under No Child Left Behind

Published on: 
Fri, 08/12/2011
Media Source: 
Washington Post

The exploding failure rate comes despite a decade of steady academic gains and overall passing rates close to or exceeding 90 percent statewide and throughout much of Northern Virginia. But under NCLB, the target passing rates for standardized tests increase each year in an effort to meet the federal law’s goal of 100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2013.

Fairfax one of few school systems to pass AYP

Published on: 
Wed, 08/18/2010
Media Source: 
Fairfax Times
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Since No Child Left Behind was made law in 2001, school systems have been fighting to meet increasingly higher passing rates on Standards of Learning tests in reading and math. This year, the task was made more difficult by changes in the passing requirements, known as Adequate Yearly Progress.

Virginia schools fall short of new benchmarks, but scores rise slightly

Published on: 
Fri, 08/13/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Average scores on Virginia's Standards of Learning math exams rose slightly and reading performance remained static in the 2009-10 school year, but the vast majority of public schools across the state failed to meet new performance benchmarks for graduation rates and for students with disabilities, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education.

Fairfax officials spar over program for poor students

Published on: 
Wed, 07/07/2010
Media Source: 
Washington Post

Officials in Fairfax County sparred Tuesday over the funding provided to programs for the area's neediest schoolchildren, with Board of Supervisors members accusing public school officials of not considering the impact program changes would have on the students.

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