County School Pass Rates On Virginia SOLs Remain High

Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continue to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at a high rate, according to newly-released data from the Virginia Department of Education.

Ninety-two percent of students passed mathematics and 93 percent passed reading as seen here. “Fairfax County Public Schools no longer considers adequate yearly progress (AYP) a true measure of our students’ achievement,” said Superintendent Jack D. Dale. “Instead, we are focused on how much students in every subgroup are achieving from year to year, using SOL tests, among other assessments.”

Significant gains

Math scores in all subgroups are up significantly during the last five years. Between 2007 and 2011, the percentage of black students passing in mathematics has gone from 67 percent to 83 percent. During that same time period, the passing percentage for Hispanic students has risen from 68 percent to 85 percent; for students with disabilities from 61 percent to 81 percent; and for students with limited English proficiency from 72 percent to 86 percent.

The same pattern of achievement can be seen in reading performance.  In the last five years, the pass rate for Black students rose from 75 percent to 87 percent; for Hispanic students, from 69 percent to 86 percent; for students with disabilities, from 66 percent to 85 percent; and for students with limited English proficiency, from 68 percent to 85 percent. Full results for both math and reading can be seen here.

FCPS focuses on rigorous individualized learning and narrowing achievement gaps.  To ensure transparency and clarity in communicating SOL results to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community, FCPS has created a simple graphic summary for SOL results. This at-a-glance, one-page summary shows the percentage of students –including various subgroups of students — who passed SOLs in mathematics and in reading for the past three years.  The goal is for all students to score in the top 90-100 percent passing performance band.  Viewers of this summary can quickly determine passing percentages, trends, and patterns over the past three years.

During the last three years, the achievement gap between black and white students in mathematics has narrowed from 15 to 13 percentage points and the Hispanic-white achievement gap has lessened from 16 to 11 percentage points.  In reading, the achievement gap between black and white students decreased from 13 to 10 percentage points, while the white-Hispanic gap still hovers around 10 percentage points.