|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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