The Virginia Department of Education released data Tuesday on the performance of students on Standards of Learning assessments in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science during the 2018-2019 school year.
The results reflect changes in student test-taking patterns last year caused by revisions to the state’s diploma and school accountability standards, and the introduction of new mathematics tests in all grade levels, officials said in a news release.
Overall pass rates in the five tested content areas are as follows:
- 78 percent of students taking reading tests passed, compared with 79 percent during 2017-2018.
- 76 percent passed in English writing, compared with 78 percent previously.
- 82 percent passed new mathematics tests introduced during 2018-2019, compared with 77 percent on the previous tests in 2017-2018.
- 81 percent passed in science, which was unchanged from the previous year.
- 80 percent of students tested in history/social science passed, compared with 84 percent in 2017-2018.
Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation that were approved by the state Board of Education in 2017 and became effective last year reduced the number of SOL tests high school students must pass in order to graduate, officials said.
Under the revised regulations, students who meet the testing requirement in a content area do not have to take another test in the subject unless additional testing is required for the school to comply with federal testing requirements.
Previously, high school students continued to take end-of-course tests even if they had already earned the credits in the content area necessary to graduate.
The 2018-2019 school year also saw the introduction of new math SOL tests reflecting revisions to the state mathematics standards approved by the state Board of Education in 2016.
The introduction of the new tests marked the end of the three-year transition to the revised standards, officials said.
Norfolk Public Schools had the following pass rates for the 2018-2019 school year:
- English: Reading 66.12 percent.
- English: Writing 64.12 percent.
- History and Social Science 63.35 percent.
- Mathematics 70.41 percent.
- Science 67.12 percent.
Virginia Beach Public Schools had the following pass rates for the 2018-2019 school year:
- English: Reading 84.91 percent.
- English: Writing 80.54 percent.
- History and Social Science 83.11 percent.
- Mathematics 87.65 percent.
- Science 85.26 percent.
The VDOE will announce school accreditation ratings for the 2019-2020 school year in September.
Accreditation ratings reflect achievement in English, mathematics and science; student growth toward proficiency in reading and mathematics; progress toward closing achievement gaps in English and mathematics; and other school quality indicators.
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