Virginia Board of Education seeks community input

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples discusses public hearings scheduled for July and August 2016 in a video released by Virginia Department of Education. (VDOE/YouTube)
Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples discusses public hearings scheduled for July and August in a video released by Virginia Department of Education. (VDOE/YouTube)

The Virginia Board of Education is seeking community input during a series of public hearings this summer.

According to a recent press release, the board’s goal is to examine how best to prepare students for academic and career success.

“Families, educators and community members have an opportunity to share their big ideas and suggestions with us,” the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said in the release. “These priority projects are still in the development stage, so input from the public will help us craft specific plans for success and accountability.”

A local public hearing will be held Tuesday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lafayette High School auditorium.

The hearing will focus on the following topics:

  • Development of the profile of a Virginia graduate, including changes to high school graduation requirements and future accreditation models;
  • Implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Virginia’s accountability system;
  • Recommendations regarding the Standards of Quality (SOQ); and
  • Identifying conditions and needs of public education for inclusion in the board’s comprehensive plan and annual report to the Governor and General Assembly.

Speakers are asked to sign in upon arrival and limit comments to three minutes to allow time for the board to hear from all who wish to comment. For more information about the hearings visit the VDOE website.