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How is Virginia Department of Education different from other states’ departments of education?

Recently I came across an article about Virginia Department of Education and Arkansas Department of Education. The article was comparing the different policies that have been implemented by these departments and how they have affected the education system in both states. The article also touched on how different policies have affected students who want to pursue higher education. I have always thought that all states are governed by the U.S. government and that all departments are similar and equal. Is this the case or are there departments that offer higher quality education compared to others?

Jan Berry

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Derrick Little on January 5, 2018

The education department of Virginia and education department of Arkansas are not very different. The only difference between these departments is the fact that they implement policies for different states. They both put into effect the policies that have been mandated by the U.S. government. It is the government that sets the rules and decides which policies would be best for every state. Therefore, quality of education is not really affected because the government tries to do what is best for each state.

All departments of education have similar duties. These include:

  • Coordinating voucher programs for private schools in their respective states
  • Administration of standardized tests
  • Assigning of letter grades
  • Ensuring the state complies with the federal laws of education.

The departments of education are also responsible for overseeing school curriculums, choosing textbooks and maintaining licensing records for each teacher.

It doesn’t matter which state you are educated in. The quality of education is similar in all states because all these departments are governed by one government which strives to offer top notch education for all. However, one thing is certain; there are certain schools that perform better than others. However, this has nothing to do with the policies. The reason other schools perform better is because they have better teachers and very well- structured way of learning. Therefore, if you need this information so that you can know which school to attend, it would be better for you to do some research to identify some of the best performing schools in your area. Joining such schools gives you a better chance of improving your grades because you will be taught by the best teachers.

People who decide to pursue a higher education are not really affected by the policies implemented by the state. The only thing that can affect you when you want to pursue a higher education is your overall grade. To be accepted in any university or college, you need to have very good grades. Therefore, you should not really focus on the policies the education department is implementing. Focus on improving your grades and participating in other extracurricular activities that might give you an edge when you begin applying to different higher institutions of learning. This is especially important if you want to join some of the best universities in your local area. Such universities are very strict and they only accept the best students to their school.

Leigh Manna year ago

I agree, the policies that are implemented by the Virginia Department of Education do not affect students who want to pursue a higher education. In fact, these policies have been structured in a way that is very beneficial for students. Each policy is discussed and thought through for a long period of time before it is implemented in order to ensure it is the best for students. The government aims at providing students with a strong foundation in case they need to further their education. Going through the U.S. education system not only makes it easy for you to study in any part of the U.S. but also in many other parts of the world. It is a wonderful system that everyone can benefit from. However, ultimately, your performance is determined by your hard work in school and the commitment of your teachers. Therefore, it is important for you to do your part, to get the most from your education.


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