FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2013    
 
   

FCPS Students' Mathematics SOL Scores Improve Slightly, English, Science Scores Drop

Based on preliminary data released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students continue to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) tests at a higher rate than students statewide. 

In an effort to better prepare Virginia public school students and provide them with a solid foundation for future achievement, the Virginia Board of Education revised and strengthened Virginia’s English and science standards in 2010. SOL English and science tests administered during the 2012-13 school year were the first to reflect the increased rigor of the new standards.

In English: Reading, English: Writing, and Science— with the implementation of higher standards and more rigorous assessments—scores dropped. However, even in these subject areas, FCPS pass rates surpassed the state pass rates in all grade levels and subjects with the exception of grade 5 science, which was four points below the state pass rate. The FCPS pass rate was the same as the state’s in end-of-course Chemistry and grade 4 Virginia Studies. Notably, FCPS pass rates exceeded state pass rates by 10 points or more in English: Reading at grades 6, 7, and 8 and in English: Writing at grade 8. In addition, the percentage of students scoring pass advanced in English: Reading exceeded state rates by more than 10 points in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8, and in English: Writing for all grade levels assessed.

Mathematics standards were similarly revised and strengthened in 2009; SOL mathematics tests administered during the 2011-12 school year were the first to reflect the increased rigor of the new standards. Overall, in FCPS, mathematics scores increased slightly in 2012-13.

Federal accountability reports, including student group and annual measureable objective (AMO) data, will be released by the VDOE on Thursday, September 12. Concurrent with the distribution of the news release, school, division and state report cards and related summary data will be updated on the VDOE website.

Accreditation ratings for 2013-14 will be released by VDOE on Tuesday, September 24. Concurrently, updated school report cards and related summary data will be updated on the VDOE website.

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Note: For more information, contact Terri Breeden at 571-423-1300.

Pass Rates on 2012-13 State Assessments

 

Subject

Test

Student Pass Rate

Advanced Pass Rate

2011-12

2012-13

2011-12

2012-13

State

FCPS

State

FCPS

State

FCPS

State

FCPS

English: Reading

EOC English Reading

94

96

89

93

44

57

8

10

Gr 3 English Reading

86

89

72

79

38

47

19

26

Gr 4 English Reading

88

93

70

74

41

56

18

24

Gr 5 English Reading

89

94

73

79

36

49

19

29

Gr 6 English Reading

89

96

73

84

45

62

20

33

Gr 7 English Reading

88

94

74

84

41

53

17

29

Gr 8 English Reading

89

95

71

82

44

58

12

22

English: Writing

EOC Writing

93

97

87

93

36

53

25

39

Gr 5 Writing

87

92

71

80

21

29

22

35

Gr 8 Writing

88

92

70

81

4

6

18

32

History
and
Social Sciences

EOC Geography

85

86

14

12

EOC VA & US History

85

91

86

92

13

22

14

25

EOC World History I

84

91

84

90

17

26

19

30

EOC World History II

85

90

85

91

18

28

16

23

Gr 3 History

87

90

87

89

35

37

35

41

Gr 4 VA Studies

89

90

87

87

50

56

47

49

Gr 6 US History I

81

86

83

86

37

42

39

45

Gr 7 US History II

84

92

82

90

34

51

35

52

Gr 8 Civics & Econ

84

92

85

92

30

49

30

52

Mathematics

EOC Algebra I

75

85

76

84

7

15

6

12

EOC Algebra II

69

79

76

80

12

25

14

23

EOC Geometry

74

82

76

84

9

19

10

22

Gr 3 Mathematics

64

70

65

70

13

15

17

22

Gr 4 Mathematics

70

77

74

78

17

24

22

26

Gr 5 Mathematics

67

68

69

71

15

14

18

15

Gr 6 Mathematics

74

86

77

87

10

12

14

22

Gr 7 Mathematics

58

75

61

76

10

23

10

20

Gr 8 Mathematics

60

76

61

78

6

14

6

13

Science

EOC Biology

92

94

83

87

18

31

11

18

EOC Chemistry

93

90

86

86

18

25

15

23

EOC Earth Science

90

95

83

88

26

30

8

12

Gr 3 Science

90

92

84

88

42

48

23

18

Gr 5 Science

88

86

75

71

26

22

20

17

Gr 8 Science

92

94

76

82

42

57

13

22

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