Community Give Opinion on New Standards of Learning Proposal

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A new proposal in the General Assembly is looking to reduce the number of standardized tests, students take during their time in Virginia public schools.

Many parents in the Valley have mixed reviews on this issue. Some said it's a good guideline and holds teachers accountable while others said schools have turned into test taking machines.

Delegate Rob Krupicka, a co-sponsor on the legislation, said he wants to give local school districts more flexibility to be creative in how they teach a subject.

This proposal would allow students to demonstrate their knowledge by weaving in historic and cultural groups in the community and localizing what the students learn.

Tabatha Lam, a local parent who has several students in the school district preparing to take their SOLs, said by reducing the number of tests it would broaden what her kids learn in school.

"All the teaching revolves around the SOL exams and what is going to be on that. Sometimes it is not even stuff they are going to use in life," said Lam.

Other parents in the Valley worry that these authentic assessments would make grading more complicated and take up more teacher time.

They said it is important to make sure the content is still being taught and schools held accountable. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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