Va. Schools Will Not Scrap SOL Tests

June 24, 2010

Virginia's Board of Education says it has no plans for the state to scrap its Standards of Learning program for a new common set of national curriculum guidelines.

The board unanimously adopted a statement Thursday that it isn't worth replacing the 15-year-old Standards of Learning program, which the board says already provides clear and rigorous curriculum standards. It also opposes a requirement that states adopt Common Core State Standards in order to be competitive in federal grant programs.

Virginia didn't get any funding in the first round and declined to compete in the second and final round of Race to the Top. The U.S. Department of Education program let states compete for billions in funding to help improve schools. The competition encourages states to adopt common national standards.

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