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Secretary of Education Speaks at CRCC Spring Luncheon

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Virginia Secretary of Education Anne Holton spent time in the Charlottesville area Thursday visiting schools, and laying out her plans for the future.

She says the best investment we can make is to keep students competitive in the classroom.

It's not a difficult jump to make. Stronger students means a stronger Virginia workforce down the road. Speaking before Charlottesville area business leaders Thursday afternoon, Holton made clear that change is coming.

Speaking before hundreds of business leaders at the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce spring luncheon Thursday, Holton said that starts with changing the way student performance is measured.

“How can we go about evaluating our students' work in ways that promotes great work,” said Holton.

Earlier this year, state lawmakers approved a major overhaul of the Standards of Learning, reducing the number of required tests in grades three through eight, and replacing them with new measures.

CRCC Executive Director Tim Hulbert says Virginia is moving in the right direction on education, preparing today's students for tomorrow's professional challenges.

“We've got to make sure that we have the people, the workforce there and they're properly ready to compete in the global economy,” said Hulbert.

But preparing for the future requires an awareness of what's happening right now.

“Looking at how can our accountability system help promote the creativity and problem solving that 21st century jobs require,” said Holton.

Also part of the education reforms approved in March, Holton will help lead a new SOL Innovation Committee to help guide the future of education in Virginia.

Nominations for that committee are open until Friday. For more information on how you can get involved, click here.

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