WaPo board calls for ‘meaningful reform’ after report on declining academic standards in Virginia

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The Washington Post editorial board has written a scathing critique of Virginia officials on the latest devastating academic report.

An assessment by Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow on Thursday found that students in Virginia suffered a significant setback after COVID-19 closures and former Gov. Ralph Northam’s attempts to lower fees. education standards.

The Washington Post offered more critical details.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – AUGUST 19: Gabby Mondelli teaches her fourth graders at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School in Alexandria, Va. (Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
(Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

“Last week, state education officials released a damning report that documents a years-long trend of declining student performance and stark gaps in racial, ethnic and income achievement that have been Hidden from the public. Filled with data, it cited significant drops in reading scores for fourth and eighth graders in the last National Education Progress Assessment administered in 2019, revealing the wide gaps in the performance of students on state reading and math assessments compared to federal assessment grade-level benchmarks,” the Post writes.

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The Washington Post previously criticized Gov. Ralph Northam’s efforts to change state learning standards in 2017 and referenced his past comments in its op-ed.

“Among the troubling measures: the abandonment of critical tests, the adoption of test-score standards to facilitate student success and the weakening of regulations for schools. Officials, alas, paid no attention to the concerns about the consequences of lowering standards and expectations. Now we can say we told you so,” the Post wrote.

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, in Virginia.  (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference at the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, in Virginia. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
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The article also mentioned that despite pushback from Democratic opponents, the report was found to be “fairly comprehensive” by former Virginia Board of Education member Andrew Rotherham, who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Mark R. Warner.

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In conclusion, the Post called on current Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, who called for the report after his 2021 election, to work toward “meaningful reform” when appointing new members to the Virginia Board of Education. the state.

Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia, speaks to members of the media following a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., U.S., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Youngkin, former co-CEO of Carlyle Group Inc. is the first Republican elected to the position since 2009. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Glenn Youngkin, Governor of Virginia, speaks to members of the media following a cabinet swearing-in ceremony at the Virginia Executive Mansion in Richmond, Va., U.S., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. Youngkin, former co-CEO of Carlyle Group Inc. is the first Republican elected to the position since 2009. Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images
(Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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“Virginia once prided itself on asking more of its students than was minimally required by the federal government, and this report should be a call to action for meaningful reform,” the Post wrote.

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