Education Embarrassment in Virginia – The Wall Street Journal

by | May 27, 2022 | Education

New Gov. Glenn Youngkin promised to improve schools in Virginia, and exit polls last November showed that 53% thought it was the most important issue. A new report by the state Department of Education lays out the academic decline—fueled by state policy—that the Governor will have to reverse to fulfill his education mandate.
Student achievement in K-12 has declined on several metrics. From 2017 to 2019, reading proficiency measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress fell five percentage points for 4th graders and four points for 8th graders. From 2014 to 2021, the state fell to 9th place from 3rd in the percentage of high-schoolers who qualified for college credit on at least one Advanced Placement exam. Reading scores on the state’s Standards of Learning exam also fell from 2017-2019.

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