What We Do

The Education Secretariat provides guidance to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as well as Virginia’s 16 public colleges and universities, 23 community colleges and five higher education and research centers. We also provide support to seven state-funded arts/cultural institutions.

Working with the Governor, the General Assembly, educators, advocates, communities, students and parents, we aim to eradicate the Achievement Gap, promote great teaching and learning, and help strengthen educational pathways to the new Virginia Economy. We work closely with the SOL Innovation Committee, the Governor’s Sexual Assault Task Force and the School Readiness Committee to ensure positive and rewarding outcomes for every student.

For more information about agencies, schools and more, follow the “agencies” link above, or click here.

Education Highlights

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ITT Tech Closure


Governor Terry McAuliffe has launched a new online portal offering students impacted by the recent closure of ITT Technical Institution key information about steps they can take to continue their education at another institution or seek student loan forgiveness. Follow the link here for more information.

Secretary Trent's Back-to-School Message

SOL Reform

We’ve heard you loud and clear!

That is why Governor McAuliffe signed the SOL Innovation Committee into law in 2014, a bipartisan group made up of educators, lawmakers, business leaders, parents and advocates selected from across the Commonwealth to implement lasting and substantive changes to the current system.

On November 18, 2015, the Committee released their second round of bold recommendations. They first met in July of 2014, and later that year, released their first set of interim proposals.

But there is more work to do!

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