“Today is a moment in time for all of us to recognize we must change direction. We are not serving all of Virginia’s children and we must,” Youngkin said.
He addressed a new education report that’s raising red flags about the state’s education system.
The 33-page report from the state Department of Education details how state policy choices over the last decade have resulted in lower student achievement in reading and math, bigger achievement gaps, and eroding parent confidence in public schools.
“We must have best in class standards in history, in math, in reading and in science and partnership with the General Assembly in educators, engaged stakeholders, we’ve already begun the work,” Youngkin said.
In Albemarle County, test scores show big achievement gaps throughout the school division, but it has been getting better in recent years.
“This past June, our most recent year for graduation rates. Our on-time graduation rates were higher in all of the demographic groups than the state averages in every case,” said Albemarle County Public Schools spokesperson Phil Giaramita.
He says resources throughout the school’s curriculum have been making a positive impact, including the division’s culturally responsive teaching program, which was started back in 2016.