December 12, 2016 Newsletter

I would like to make you aware of a new tool provided by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) that provides useful information regarding the status of public schools and local school divisions throughout the Commonwealth.

School Quality Profiles are a new way to look at the performance of Virginia’s public schools and factors that can impact student learning and achievement. School Quality Profiles were developed by the state Board of Education in response to the 2015 Virginia General Assembly and House Bill 1672, which directed the board to redesign online reports for schools and school divisions to more effectively communicate to parents and the public about the status and achievements of Virginia’s public schools. School Quality Profiles are available for all schools, school divisions, and for the state.

 These profiles cover many topics, including: student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and many more.

The state Board of Education has identified additional reports to be added to the School Quality Profile reports as the information becomes available. These include reports on gifted education programs, average class sizes, and statistically valid surveys of students, teachers and other school employees on the learning environment.

As a parent, I encourage you to visit SchoolQuality.Virginia.Gov if you have children who are attending public schools, or are looking for more information on public schools and school divisions.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns that I or my Aide, Jenna, can help assist with in any way, please do not hesitate to call me (434) 821-5929 or email at Delmfariss@house.virginia.gov. You can also keep up with me on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DelegateMattFariss.

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