Is Standardized Testing Doing Its Job?

Standardized testing: Children fear it. Adults wonder about it. Officials support it. But is it effective? According to Todd Farley’s recent article on The Huffington Post, that answer is “no way.” Farley is the author of Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the...

AYP–Burden or Benefit

Prince William County and Manassas schools had trouble meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals last school year, but is it poor education or extremely high standards that are responsible? In Prince William, 28 out of 82 schools didn’t meet AYP in 2009-10, up four...

Why Do We Have the SOL’s Anyway?

SOL stands for Standards of Learning and were implemented in Virginia as part of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.  The idea was to standardize education to ensure that all students were receiving high quality education.  The standards set the goals and each state...