SOL test scores improve

Published 9:47 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS) saw an improvement in 14 out of 28 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests administered across the division last year, according to information released by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on Thursday.

Nancy Leonard

In Virginia, elementary and middle schools must achieve a 75 percent pass rate on the reading and writing English component SOL tests, and a 70 percent pass rate in math, science and social studies in order to meet the established benchmarks for each test and to be accredited.

Virginia high schools must meet the same SOL benchmarks, as well as the benchmark for on-time graduation rates in order to be fully accredited.

According to the VDOE website, schools termed “Partially Accredited: Approaching Benchmark-Pass Rate,” must have English SOL pass rates of 75 percent — with a narrow margin of 73 percent — and mathematics, science and history/social science pass rates of 70 percent with a narrow margin of 68 percent.

Schools cited as “Partially Accredited: Improving School-Pass Rate,” must have a certain number of percentage points of improvement in SOL test scores compared to the previous pass rate.

“We will be analyzing our results and meeting on this this week with the leadership team,” said Division Superintendent Dr. Nancy Leonard regarding the county’s SOL test scores.

The division saw five improvements in English component test pass rates, which include reading and writing tests. The increases included third-grade English reading, which saw a 3-percent pass rate increase for 2015-16, fourth-grade English reading, which saw a 5-percent pass rate increase, fifth-grade English reading, which saw a 17-percent increase, eighth-grade English reading, which saw a 3-percent increase, and eighth-grade English writing, which saw a 12-percent increase.

Across the division, mathematics pass rates were either at 80 or above for the division with increases in third-grade mathematics, which was a 2-percent increase from 2015-16, fourth-grade mathematics, which was a 1-percent increase, fifth-grade mathematics, which was a 12-percent increase, and eighth-grade mathematics, which was a 2-percent increase.

All pass rates across the division met benchmarks set by the state, with the exception of sixth-grade English reading.

Last year, all schools in the division received “Fully Accredited” status with the exception of Bacon District Elementary, which received “Partially Accredited: Reconstituted School.” The status of accreditation was based on the previous year’s test scores.

Leonard noted the scores were preliminary.