|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||September 12, 2012|
FCPS Releases 2011-12 SOL Pass Rates
Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have passed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) mathematics and reading assessments at rates that meet or exceed those of students across Virginia for all subgroups, except for Hispanic students in mathematics (see mathematics table), based on data released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). According to Superintendent Jack D. Dale, FCPS continues to focus on rigorous individualized learning and narrowing achievement gaps. The school system’s emphasis is on challenging each child to reach his or her full potential (see attachment 1).
There was little change in subgroup performance in English reading on the 2011-12 tests. Pass rates in FCPS continue to exceed pass rates for Virginia for all subgroups by 1 to 18 points. English reading tests taken by students during the 2012-13 school year will be based on revised standards.
Student performance on the 2011-12 science SOL tests showed little change. Pass rates on science tests in FCPS continue to meet or exceed pass rates for Virginia for all subgroups except Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Science tests taken by students during the 2012-13 school year will be based on revised standards approved by the Board of Education.
Subgroup performance on new history and social science SOL tests, first introduced during the 2010-11 school year, continued to improve with most subgroups making 1 to 3 point gains in FCPS and 1 to 2 point gains in Virginia.
The VDOE has updated its online report cards for schools, school divisions, and the state with data on the performance of student subgroups on 2011-12 SOL tests in English, mathematics, science, and history-social science. The report cards are available in the Virginia School Report Card section of the VDOE website. The updated data include test-by-test pass rates and subject-area pass rates for Asian, Black, economically disadvantaged, Hispanic, limited-English proficient, and White students, as well as students with disabilities and other subgroups.