Virginia Department of Education

The Virginia Department of Education is the state education agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is headquartered in the James Monroe Building in Richmond.[1] The department is headed by the Secretary of Education, who is a member of the Virginia Governor's Cabinet, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction, a position that is also appointed by the Governor of Virginia. The Secretary of Education is responsible for heading the department and for overseeing Virginia's 16 public colleges and universities, the Virginia Community College System, the commonwealth's five higher education centers, and Virginia's public museums.[2]

Virginia Department of Education
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Department of Public Instruction
JurisdictionGovernment of Virginia
Headquarters101 N 14th St, Richmond, Virginia
Agency executives
WebsiteOfficial website

Standardized tests

The state assesses student performance in the elementary school and secondary school grades by the Standards of Learning (SOL) test. Students are required to take them once they reach the third grade. [3]

Educational outreach

In 2013, the Virginia Department of Education released a 25-minute video, "The Virginia Indians: Meet the Tribes," covering both historical and contemporary Native American life in Virginia.[4]


  1. Home page. Virginia Department of Education. Retrieved on September 10, 2009.
  2. "Virginia Secretary of Education - Laura Fornash". 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2012-04-05.
  4. "Meet Virginia Tribes for Native American Heritage Month". Indian Country Today Media Network. 2013-11-26. Retrieved 2013-11-29.
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