Department of Education

Lynchburg City Schools

An appointed advisory board recommended that the state address racial achievement and opportunity gaps by diversifying and training teachers, and also opening up access to advanced coursework and gifted programs.

DCJOHN VIA FLICKR.COM / CC

School segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. Those are the findings of a new report out Wednesday from researchers at VCU. 

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

 

 

State officials could be doing more to help recruit and retain qualified teachers. That’s one finding in a report released to lawmakers today by the state’s independent watchdog agency. 

92-percent of public schools in Virginia are meeting the state’s education standards. That’s according to the Department of Education, which released the annual accreditation ratings Monday. 

Virginia Department of Education

School accreditation ratings are out Thursday in Virginia. But for parents and teachers things may not look so familiar. That’s because the state has implemented a whole new rating system, shifting the focus away from test scores. Schools will be evaluated on student growth, how often students miss school,  and achievement gaps between African-American students and their white peers.