SOL pass rates solid Divisionwide. PWCS African-American students surpass state average on all tests
Posted on 08/23/2018
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Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates (2017-18) released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicate students in Prince William County Schools exceeded the state pass rates in writing and social studies. African-American students in PWCS surpassed the state average on all SOL tests. In reading, PWCS met or exceeded state pass rates in grades 3-6 and at the end-of-course level.

Overall, science performance stayed level from 2016-17 to 2017-18. Efforts to support hands-on science at the elementary schools did result in an increase in pass rates on the grade 5 science test. Although the math scores experienced a slight dip between 2016-17 and 2017-18, PWCS students surpassed the state average in grades 3-5 and 8th grades.

It is important to note that the VDOE changed the calculation rules for the federal pass rates in 2017-18. In previous years, transfer students who failed a given test had their scores excluded from the published pass rates. Beginning with the 2017-18 assessment cycle, this exclusion was no longer applied, which has the impact of reducing otherwise equal pass rates. While pass rates from one year to the next can still be compared, awareness of this change is critical in the interpretation of differences.

Statewide SOL results remained relatively flat. SOL pass rates are part of the equation used by the state to determine school accreditation ratings. Accreditation ratings will be released in September.

Chart comparing 2017-18 SOL pass rates between PWCS and Virginia