What our children are taught and how they're tested on that knowledge needs to change - so say Republicans at the Virginia General Assembly. Now the question becomes: can their plans work in conjunction with the Governor Terry McAuliffe's plans?
Somewhat surprisingly, Republicans and Democrats seem pretty in sync on Standards of Learning (SOL) test reform. Both sides want to see fewer tests and more critical thinking.
Tuesday morning, House Republican lawmakers announced plans to reduce the number of tests given to students from 34 to 26. They also want to improve the content of SOL tests to promote more problem solving and critical thinking.
Those are two areas lawmakers on both sides of the aisle seem to agree on to prevent over-testing and encourage more academic growth.
"I am concerned about the amount of tests. Teachers complain, parents complain, that there is a problem," said 46th District Delegate Charniele Herring (D).
"What are you going to do about SOLs? I mean everybody has an opinion on it, and that's good because that's a message that we can take here in Richmond and really act on it," said 32nd District Delegate Tag Greason (R).
The proposed reforms mirror much of what governor McAuliffe called for on the campaign trail, and in his address to the joint assemblies Monday night.
We will see if lawmakers can keep up their cooperation as these proposals wind their way through the General Assembly.