Educators gather to discuss new learning assessments

More than 400 K-12 educators from across the state met at the University of Virginia on Monday for a daylong conference focusing on how to implement new and innovative learning assessments into the state’s public schools. The Virginia Department of Education and Jobs for the Future, a national education and economic opportunity nonprofit, hosted the summit at Newcomb Hall to focus on new learning assessments that focus more on critical thinking and problem solving rather than memorization for tests, and encouraged input from teachers and other educators at the local levels. The event consisted of speeches and panel discussions from experts and educators at the national, state and local levels, as well as breakout sessions that included one led by an Albemarle County educator. VDOE Superintendent Steven Staples and Catherine…

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