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Code of Virginia
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Virginia Department of Education Resources

Virginia Standards of Learning
K-12 Standards & Instruction
Use the list below or the menu on the left side of screen to browse Virginia SOLs by subject

Teaching Resources

Education World
Includes lesson plans, instructional strategies, teaching resources, and reviews. - Lesson Plans's pre K through 5th comprehensive lesson plan library was created by educators.

Sponsored by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Edutopia was created to encourage authentic and engaged learning. The collection includes videos, lessons, and teacher blogs that can serve as a resource to novice teachers.

NASA Educational Resources
Search hundreds of resources by subject, grade level, type and keyword. Lesson plans and teaching materials support STEM curriculum.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Provides lesson plans, journals, policy research, grants and professional development resources.

National Endowment for the Humanities: EDSITEment!
Provides lesson plans by subject, theme, and grade level.

National Geographic Education
Provides lesson plans for grades K-12.

NOAA Educational Resources
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

PBS Learning Media
Provides classroom resources for grades pre-K-12.

Smithsonian Learning Lab
Provides over 2,000 resources for grades PreK-12 on a variety of subjects. Lesson Plans's lesson plans are brought to you by teachers who are committed to encouraging conceptual understanding and lifelong learning.

Virginia Education Association
Provides classroom management strategies, lesson plans, and teaching strategies.

In the social sciences and the sciences, scholars use the terms "primary" and "secondary" differently from scholars in the humanities. 
Primary research refers to the research conducted by the authors of the original source. The source will describe the authors' methodology, results and conclusions. This might be raw data, letters, research or study, tests, news reports, interviews, or some journal articles.
Secondary research describes or analyzes the research done by others. These include news analyses, magazine articles, some journal articles, scholarly books, opinion pieces or editorials. These can be excellent resources that can lead you to additional primary research on your topic.

Assessment - Tests & Measures

Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print
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FAQ: Finding Information about Psychological Tests
From the American Psychological Association (APA)
Includes recommendations for finding both published and unpublished tests

Research Centers

Center for Educational Leadership (CEL)
Case Studies, Webinars, Frameworks and Learning Tools

Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence (CREDE)
CREDE promotes research by university faculty and graduate students and provides educators with a range of tools to help them implement best practices in the classroom


Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE)
CPRE conducts rigorous program evaluation and research studies using qualitative and quantitative methods, advanced survey techniques, and data analysis. CPRE consists of a broad network of leading experts. This network of premier researchers features experts in a diverse array of education topics.
Headquartered with University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)
Established within the U.S. Department of Education by the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002.
The mission of IES is to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy.

National Center for Research on Gifted Education
The National Center for Research on Gifted Education is a collaborative effort of researchers from six universities: Michigan State University, Berkeley, University of Iowa, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, University of California - Santa Cruz, and University of Connecticut.

National Education Association - Research & Publications
NEA Research provides comparative state data and national averages on a host of important public education statistics, teacher salaries, student enrollment, and revenue and expenditures each year.

Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development
From the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut

UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Global Education Digest