SOL scores a mixed bag for area schools

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RICHMOND, Va. — The Department of Education released its Standards of Learning test results today, and the numbers reflect both gains and losses in local schools.

Richmond city student test scores reflect an increase in mathematics, but overall scores fall behind neighboring districts.

Other districts saw overall scores dropping from the 2011-2012 test results in science and English (reading and writing).

For example, the data shows that overall Chesterfield and Henrico County English reading scores dropped 15 points from the 2011-2012 school year, with similar results in English writing scores.

All surrounding counties — Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, Louisa and New Kent — scored over the 70 percent mark. Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond mostly scored under or near the 70 percent mark in all subjects, with the exception being history and science for Hopewell.

The VDOE noted that achievement is up on all of the mathematics tests since the introduction of the more challenging assessments in 2011-2012. Statewide, 74 percent of students passed the mathematics assessment for their grade level or course. That’s compared with 71 percent the previous year,  during 2012-2013.

Students posted gains on eight of the nine individual grade-level and end-of-course mathematics SOL tests, with the biggest increases in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, Algebra I and Algebra II.

The division-level pass rates test that combine all of the SOL tests by subject area, for the surrounding cities and counties,  are listed below.  The scores of all Virginia divisions can be found using this handy Richmond Times-Dispatch database. 

Div Name Subject 2011-2012 Pass Rate 2012-2013  2013-2014 
Chesterfield County English: Reading 92 78 77
Chesterfield County English: Writing 91 78 77
Chesterfield County History and Social Sciences 85 85 84
Chesterfield County Mathematics 74 75 77
Chesterfield County Science 92 82 81
Goochland County English: Reading 94 82 81
Goochland County English: Writing 95 85 84
Goochland County History and Social Sciences 89 89 90
Goochland County Mathematics 74 74 79
Goochland County Science 95 85 86
Hanover County English: Reading 93 84 83
Hanover County English: Writing 91 80 80
Hanover County History and Social Sciences 91 91 90
Hanover County Mathematics 79 81 82
Hanover County Science 95 87 87
Henrico County English: Reading 89 75 74
Henrico County English: Writing 90 76 75
Henrico County History and Social Sciences 87 87 86
Henrico County Mathematics 69 72 72
Henrico County Science 93 84 83
Hopewell City English: Reading 80 61 58
Hopewell City English: Writing 79 62 62
Hopewell City History and Social Sciences 77 80 75
Hopewell City Mathematics 49 61 70
Hopewell City Science 84 70 71
Louisa County English: Reading 86 72 73
Louisa County English: Writing 88 71 76
Louisa County History and Social Sciences 85 87 87
Louisa County Mathematics 64 70 76
Louisa County Science 93 82 84
New Kent County English: Reading 90 78 79
New Kent County English: Writing 90 76 78
New Kent County History and Social Sciences 88 88 87
New Kent County Mathematics 69 75 78
New Kent County Science 94 84 83
Petersburg City English: Reading 77 51 52
Petersburg City English: Writing 75 56 52
Petersburg City History and Social Sciences 70 74 67
Petersburg City Mathematics 51 49 55
Petersburg City Science 82 69 62
Richmond City English: Reading 79 50 53
Richmond City English: Writing 82 56 56
Richmond City History and Social Sciences 74 71 70
Richmond City Mathematics 48 47 55
Richmond City Science 81 63 66

 

 

3 comments

  • Manlishi

    ” Hopewell, Petersburg and Richmond mostly scored under or near the 70 percent mark in all subjects”. Just another example of why we should trade democrats for illegal aliens. Democrats are all the same. They voted for these low scores under the same principles as the use to tax away their children’s future. Hence the perpetual stereotype.

  • kim

    Richmond’s scores are embarassing. My #1 reason for moving my child. I do not believe politics have anything to do with it as some stated above. I believe it has everything to do with priorities and people not raising their children right. Teachers are spending more time disciplining kids and less time teaching. The kids who are there to do the right thing are being distracted by the ones misbehaving.

  • manalishi

    Call it as you wish, but that’s a 3 out of 3 democrat controlled jurisdiction. Denial its a terrible thing.

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