Or, welcome to my low-maintenance heck.
Fairfax County Public Schools has reported a "dramatic" increase in Virginia Standards of Learning tests over the past year. This news would be all the more exciting if the change weren't for such predictable reasons:
The percentage of students passing the Virginia Standards of Learning grade level tests went up by double digits in some categories, in part due to a change in the testing method for students who are still learning English.
Part of the VSOL tests, which have been an honored tradition in Virginia's public education system since long before I was born, is testing the student's proficiency in English
; which, last I checked, was still the lingua franca
of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
It comes as no surprise, then, to learn that Fairfax County, in Gerry Connolly's infinite wisdom, no longer feels that English proficiency is a requirement
for Virginia's students to learn.