Virginia has enjoyed a steady flow of good news about education in recent months:
- Both fourth- and eighth-grade students outperformed their nationwide peers in reading and mathematics on the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress.
- The dropout rate among Virginia students has decreased to 5.2 percent, compared with 8.7 percent in 2008; 90.5 percent earned a Board of Education-approved diploma.
- The percentage of Virginia public school students meeting the ACT’s college-readiness benchmark in each assessed content area was 12 or more points higher than the percentages nationwide. Virginia graduates outscored their nationwide peers on all three subsections of the SAT, with mean scores at least 15 points higher.
- Virginia students also posted five-point overall gains in reading and mathematics on the state’s Standards of Learning tests, while achievement increased by two points each in writing, science and history.
A number of the people influencing these exciting outcomes are Curry alumni – professionals who received thorough preparation by the Curry School for positions of leadership in education.
Eight of these leaders are introduced in this issue of Curry Magazine. Over the past decade they have impacted and continue to impact education in the commonwealth at both the preK-12 and higher education levels.
Each of these high energy professionals came to the Curry School for an advanced degree at a moment when they were ready to progress to the next level of career achievement. They were ready to move into leadership positions and expand their impact on education, and they are all definitely passionate about equity and educational opportunities for all Virginians.
We are proud of the extraordinary commitment these change agents have made to education across the commonwealth. They have helped shape Virginia’s educational institutions as they are today and are influencing the path to the future as well.
(Be sure to check out their “Words of Leadership Wisdom” on the Curry blog. In a series of posts, several of these veteran leaders share some advice for Curry students currently preparing to lead on in the years ahead.)