Based on preliminary data from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students continue to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at a high rate in English: Reading, English: Writing, History and Social Science, and Science.
In mathematics — as expected with the implementation of new standards and assessments — scores dropped. However, even in math, FCPS pass rates surpassed the state pass rates in every grade level. Notably, FCPS pass rates exceeded state pass rates by 17 points in grade 7 mathematics and by 16 points in grade 8 mathematics.
The drop in 2011-12 mathematics scores is similar to what happened during the 2005-06 school year when math SOL assessments were added to grades 4, 6, and 7. FCPS scores showed a noticeable decline that year, but quickly rebounded in the following years.
Federal accountability reports, including subgroup and annual measurable objective (AMO) data, will be released by the VDOE next month.
The Virginia Board of Education revised and strengthened Virginia’s mathematics standards in 2009 in an effort to better prepare Virginia public school students for the challenges of the first year of college or meaningful entry-level employment when they graduate from high school. SOL math tests administered during the 2011-12 school year were the first to reflect the increased rigor of the new standards.
The math SOL results revealed: