|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||September 19, 2013|
FCPS Releases 2012-13 SOL Pass Rates
Students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) passed the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) mathematics and reading assessments at rates that meet or exceed those of students across Virginia for all student groups, except for Hispanic students in mathematics (see English reading and mathematics tables below), based on data released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
English reading and writing tests taken by students during the 2012-13 school year were based entirely on revised content standards. These revised standards are more rigorous; in addition, they include technology-enhanced items that require students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as content knowledge. Although pass rates declined with the new standards, reading pass rates in FCPS surpassed those for all student groups in Virginia by 1 to 13 points.
Pass rates in FCPS surpassed pass rates for Virginia by 1 to 12 points in writing, except for Hispanic students. For Hispanic students, writing pass rates in FCPS and Virginia were the same.
Under the rigorous mathematics SOL tests introduced during the 2011-12 school year, FCPS pass rates exceeded those of Virginia by 1 to 9 points for all student groups except Hispanic students. In Virginia, all student groups met or slightly exceeded last year’s pass rates; in FCPS, with the exception of limited English proficient students, all student groups met or slightly exceeded last year’s pass rates.
Science tests taken by students during the 2012-13 school year were based entirely on revised content standards. These revised standards are more rigorous; in addition, they include technology-enhanced items that require students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as content knowledge. Pass rates in FCPS and Virginia declined with the new standards. Pass rates for FCPS met or exceeded pass rates for Virginia for all students as well as those identified as Asian, Black, White, and students with disabilities. Pass rates for Virginia exceeded the pass rates for FCPS for Hispanics, economically disadvantaged students, and limited English proficient students.
Pass rates for FCPS students on the history and social science SOL tests, first introduced during the 2010-11 school year, met or exceeded those for Virginia for all student groups except Hispanics. In comparison with last year’s results, pass rates remained the same or decreased slightly for all student groups in FCPS and Virginia; the pass rate for limited English proficient students in FCPS decreased by 5 points.
The VDOE has updated its online report cards for schools, school divisions, and the state with data on the performance of student subgroups on 2012-13 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.
Updated data are available on the FCPS website (see Attachment 1).