Virginia Education and Schools

A Profile on Virginia Education and Schools

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When it comes to education and schools, all states are not created equal. States and local governments possess almost all of the power when it comes to governing education and schools.  Because of this, you will find key differences in education-related policy across all fifty states and the District of Columbia. You will continue to find distinct differences even between neighboring districts thanks to local control.

Highly debated educational topics such as the Common Core State Standards, teacher evaluations, school choice, charter schools, and teacher tenure are handled differently by almost every state.  These and other key educational issues typically fall along controlling political party lines. This ensures that a student in one state will likely be receiving a different variation of education than their peers in neighboring states.

These differences make it virtually impossible to accurately compare the quality of education  one state is providing compared to another. You must utilize several common data points to make connections and draw conclusions about the quality of education any particular state is providing. This profile focuses on education and schools in Virginia. 

Virginia Education and Schools

Virginia Department of Education

Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Dr. Steven R. Staples

District/School Information

Length of School Year: A minimum of 180 school days or 540 (K) and 990 (1-12) school hours are required by Virginia state law.

Number of Public School Districts: There are 130 public school districts in Virginia.

Number of Public Schools: There are 2192 public schools in Virginia. ****

Number of Students Served in Public Schools: There are 1,257,883 public school students in Virginia. ****

Number of Teachers in Public Schools: There are 90,832 public school teachers in Virginia.****

Number of Charter Schools: There are 4 charter schools in Virginia.

Per Pupil Spending: Virginia spends $10,413 per pupil in public education. ****

Average Class Size: The average class size In Virginia is 13.8 students per 1 teacher. ****

% of Title I Schools: 26.8% of schools in Virginia are Title I Schools.****

% With Individualized Education Programs (IEP): 12.8% of students in Virginia are on IEP's. ****

% in Limited-English Proficiency Programs: 7.2% of students in Virginia are in limited-English Proficient Programs.****

% of Student Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunches: 38.3% of students in Virginia schools are eligible for free/reduced lunches.****

Ethnic/Racial Student Breakdown****

White: 53.5%

Black: 23.7%

Hispanic: 11.8%

Asian: 6.0%

Pacific Islander: 0.1%

American Indian/Alaskan Native: 0.3%

School Assessment Data

Graduation Rate: 81.2% of all students entering high school in Virginia graduate. **

Average ACT/SAT score:

Average ACT Composite Score: 23.1***

Average Combined SAT Score: 1533*****

8th grade NAEP assessment scores:****

Math: 288 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Virginia. The U.S. average was 281.

Reading: 267 is the scaled score for 8th grade students in Virginia. The U.S. average was 264.

% of Students Who Attend College after High School: 63.8% of students in Virginia go on to attend some level of college. ***

Private Schools

Number of Private Schools: There are 638 private schools in Virginia.*

Number of Students Served in Private Schools: There are 113,620 private school students in Virginia.*


Number of Students Served Through Homeschooling: There were an estimated 34,212 students that were homeschooled in Virginia in 2015.#

Teacher Pay

The average teacher pay for the state of Virginia was $49,869 in 2013.##

Each individual district in the state of Virginia negotiates teacher salaries and establishes their own teacher salary schedule.

The following is an example of a teacher salary schedule in Virginia provided by the Richmond Public School

*Data courtesy of Education Bug .

**Data courtesy of

***Data courtesy of PrepScholar.

****Data courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics

******Data courtesy of The Commonwealth Foundation

#Data courtesy of

##Average salary courtesy of National Center of Education Statistics

###Disclaimer:  The information provided on this page changes frequently.  It will be updated regularly as new information and data becomes available.

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