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.

 

English Reading Performance

Student  Group

Virginia

FCPS

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

All Students

88

89

75

93

94

82

Black

80

80

59

87

88

68

Hispanic

84

84

65

86

87

66

Asian

94

95

87

96

96

88

Economically Disadvantaged

80

81

59

85

86

63

Limited English Proficient

79

80

54

85

86

59

Students with Disabilities

67

66

43

85

84

56

White

92

93

82

97

97

90

 

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.  

 

English Writing Performance

Student Group

Virginia

FCPS

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

All Students

89

89

76

94

94

85

Black

82

82

61

87

86

71

Hispanic

87

86

70

87

87

70

Asian

96

96

89

97

97

92

Economically Disadvantaged

81

81

61

86

85

66

Limited English Proficient

81

82

56

86

85

60

Students with Disabilities

62

61

41

76

75

53

White

92

92

82

96

97

91

 

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.

 

Mathematics Performance

Student Group

Virginia

FCPS

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

All Students

87

68

71

92

78

79

Black

77

52

55

83

61

63

Hispanic

83

61

64

85

60

61

Asian

95

87

88

97

89

90

Economically Disadvantaged

78

54

57

84

60

61

Limited English Proficient

82

59

59

86

62

60

Students with Disabilities

66

40

41

81

50

50

White

90

75

77

96

86

86

 

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.  

 

 

Science Performance

Student Group

Virginia

FCPS

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

All Students

90

91

81

91

91

83

Black

81

82

65

80

82

66

Hispanic

84

85

71

80

81

65

Asian

95

95

90

95

96

90

Economically Disadvantaged

82

83

67

78

79

62

Limited English Proficient

78

79

61

79

79

59

Students with Disabilities

70

70

51

74

74

55

White

94

95

88

96

96

92

 

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.

 

 

History-Social Science Performance

Student group

Virginia

FCPS

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

All Students

84

85

85

89

90

89

Black

73

74

74

78

81

81

Hispanic

77

79

79

76

78

76

Asian

93

94

94

94

95

95

Economically Disadvantaged

72

74

74

74

77

75

Limited English Proficient

73

75

72

76

78

73

Students with Disabilities

61

61

60

70

71

69

White

89

90

90

95

95

95

           

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).

 

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Note:  For more information, contact Kathy Oliver at 571-423-1400.