BRISTOL, Va. -

Educators across Southwest Virginia had the chance to talk to the president of Virginia's Board of Education on Monday evening. President Chris Braunlich held a meeting in Bristol to get feedback from local teachers and school board members.

He discussed changes to the Standards of Learning tests that went into effect this year, including requirements that teachers give their own alternative assessments.

Braunlich told us he's heard positive feedback.

"I think part of what they hope to do is be able to do a number of reformative assessments so it's not just one end of year test but there are a couple of assessments during the course of the year that will measure how students are learning," said Braunlich.

He told us one of his goals for the forum was to talk about technology use as well as ways to start measuring student growth.

This was the first of eight stops Braunlich will make across the Commonwealth as part of his Listening Tour.