Governor McAuliffe issued a press release today announcing that Virginia made significant progress last year with the percent of high school seniors that graduate having earned a qualifying score on an AP Exam. Of particular note is the fact that Virginia moved from fifth place to third place in the nation as a result of this increase. See the release below on this website.
This increase is due to hard work by many students, teachers, and school leaders who recognize the importance of academic rigor for all students as they prepare for the challenging careers that are available in this global economy. VASS is pleased to have had a part in working with many of these students and teachers through the many teacher-training and student resource-development programs that we have provided over the past six years. VASS continues to focus on academic excellence as we expand our services to include workforce development resources so that all students can be prepared for career and college. We are particularly proud that three of the six school divisions recognized as "honor roll" districts by The College Board were VASS partners; Virginia Beach, Manassas Park, and Henrico County.
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Wright, Virginia’s State Superintendent, and all of her staff for the encouragement and support for academic quality that is given to all schools in the Commonwealth.
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that Virginia again boasts the nation’s third-highest percentage of public high school seniors qualifying for college credit on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, according to the College Board’s 2014 AP Report to the Nation. Virginia students ranked fifth in last year’s report — despite an increase in AP achievement — after holding the number-three spot for five consecutive years.
Virginia Advanced Study Strategies (VASS) will be offering a special program this fall, The Computer Coding Project, to introduce middle school students in southern Virginia to the important skill of software application development. Proficiency in computer science, particularly tablet app development, is one of the most demanded skills in the workforce today. Students with these skills are recruited for jobs with great pay and benefits. This project is a wonderful introduction to computer science. Learn more here.
VASS held its first DACUM analysis program recently. DACUM, short for developing a curriculum, is a quick and effective method of analyzing jobs and occupations. DACUM has been used worldwide for more than 40 years. At a DACUM meeting, a trained facilitator conducts a session with persons from the workplace to identify the duties, tasks, and related information about the job. VASS is using a slight modification of the DACUM process to reveal how selected technicians use math in the jobs.