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State of the States 2014: Virginia: Incoming Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s Speech

By Catherine Gewertz — January 22, 2014 1 min read

Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)
Date of Speech: Jan. 13

In his first speech to the legislature, newly sworn-in Gov. McAuliffe put assessment reform high on his list of priorities for K-12 education.

Speaking only five days after his predecessor, Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, gave his last State of the Commonwealth address, the new Democratic chief executive called for “thoughtful, meaningful, and effective reforms” to the state’s Standards of Learning exams.

Gov. McAuliffe suggested that instead of sticking with a multiple-choice exam, the state should consider “essay testing and other ways to measure knowledge and cognitive reasoning.”

Gov. McAuliffe also expressed his support for expanded access to prekindergarten education and for helping the state attract teachers. He said he would introduce a budget amendment that includes $5 million to help Northern Virginia cities compete for good teachers.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 22, 2014 edition of Education Week as Virginia

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