The Virginia Board of Education is seeking community input during a series of public hearings this summer as it examines how best to prepare students for academic and career success. The public hearings will focus on the following topics:
- Development of the Profile of a Virginia Graduate, including changes to high school graduation requirements;
- Implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Virginia’s accountability system;
- Recommendations regarding the Standards of Quality (SOQ); and
- Identifying needs of public education for inclusion in the board’s comprehensive plan.
“Families, educators and community members have an opportunity to share their ideas and suggestions with us during several public hearings across Virginia this summer,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. “These priority projects are still in the development stage, so input from the public will help us craft specific plans for success and accountability.”
The dates and locations of the public hearings are:
Thursday, July 14 — Manassas; 6:30 p.m.
Osbourn High School (Auditorium); 9005 Tudor Lane; Manassas, VA 20110
Tuesday, July 19 — Williamsburg-James City County; 6:30 p.m.
Lafayette High School (Auditorium; 4460 Longhill Road; Williamsburg, VA 23188
Wednesday, August 24 — Abingdon; 6:30 p.m.
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center; One Partnership Cir, Abingdon, VA 24210
Thursday, August 25 — Lynchburg; 6:30 p.m.
Heritage High School; 3020 Wards Ferry Road; Lynchburg, VA 24502
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