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The findings aren’t surprising. They paint the portrait of a state that ignored the warning bells (even though it had almost 15 years to prepare for COVID)—and that to this day has failed to implement practices that ensure past mistakes don’t run into the future.
However, the report falls short in regard to data collection and interpretation.
This access is key to ensuring parents are able to meaningfully participate during IEP meetings and provide informed consent (or refusal) to a school’s proposal/s.
Access to education records, meaningful participation, and informed consent are three rights afforded to parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Thankfully, it isn’t the parent’s job to create IEPs that are written with clear, concise language that ensures provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). That’s the school division’s job.
And yet . . . Vague and broad language persists and the Virginia Department of Education has allowed this.
The national average score declines in mathematics for fourth- and eighth-graders were the largest ever recorded in that subject.
In math, there were no improvements in any state or large urban district since the assessment was last given in 2019.
Reading and math scores have declined, according to the “Nation’s Report Card”. which was released today by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
This comes as no surprise. In Virginia, Samantha Hollins knows Virginia is in noncompliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, but allows the noncompliance to continue.
According to NAEP, in Virginia, the following percentages of 4th graders are performing at or above “proficient” level in math and reading:
These numbers drop for 8th graders.