May 5, 2014
On Monday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced the process for the nomination and appointment of members to the Standards of Learning (SOL) Innovation Committee.
The committee’s role will be to recommend additional reforms, in addition to an already-approved reduction in the number of required SOL tests.
"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,” said Gov. McAuliffe.
Secretary of Education Anne Holton is looking for nominations from statewide organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, school boards, superintendents and other stakeholders.
Individuals can submit nominations and applications online by visiting the Gubernatorial Appointments page of the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s website. Applicants and nominators should select the Education Secretariat in applying or recommending someone for service on the SOL Innovation Committee. Applications and nominations will be accepted until May 23, 2014.
“My goal is to have the committee begin its important work this summer,” Secretary Holton said. “I look forward to working with a diverse group truly representative of the Commonwealth and united by a desire to make our nationally regarded public schools even better.”
The SOL Innovation Committee also will include four members of the House of Delegates and two members of the Senate. Secretary Holton, Board of Education President Christian N. Braunlich (or his designee) and Superintendent of Public Instruction Steve Staples will serve as ex-officio members of the committee.