SOL pass rates remain competitive Divisionwide; majority of student population groups exceeds state averages
Posted on 08/13/2019
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Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates (2018-19) released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicate students in Prince William County Schools exceeded the state pass rates in reading, writing, history/social science, and mathematics. In addition, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and English learners, as well as African-American, Hispanic, and white students, surpassed the state average in all content areas.

“Our solid performance on state assessments is evidence of the focused work of our school leaders and great teachers on teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Dr. Steve Walts. “I am particularly proud of the performance of our student population groups. In addition to the fact that our African-American, Hispanic, economically disadvantaged, and white students have surpassed state averages, our English learners and students with disabilities posted double-digit gains in mathematics. This is outstanding. Congratulations to our students, our staff members, our schools, and our supportive community.”

The 2018-2019 Standards of Learning (SOL) results reflect significant changes in student test-taking patterns last year brought about by the 2017 revision of the commonwealth’s diploma and school accountability standards. Understanding these changes provides the necessary context for evaluating the performance of students in a school, division or in the commonwealth as a whole.

  • Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation that became effective last year reduced the number of SOL tests high school students must pass in order to graduate.
  • Students who meet the testing requirement in a content area do not have to take another test in the subject (unless additional testing is required for the school to comply with federal testing requirements in mathematics and science).
  • Previously, high school students were required to continue to take end-of-course SOL tests in mathematics, science, and history/social science even if they had already earned the verified credit or credits in the content area necessary to graduate.
  • Because of these changes, high school students are taking fewer SOL tests in mathematics, science, and history/social science.

VDOE will announce school accreditation ratings for the 2019-2020 school year in September. Accreditation ratings reflect achievement in English, mathematics, and science; student growth toward proficiency in reading and mathematics; progress toward closing achievement gaps in English and mathematics; and other school quality indicators.

2018-19 SOL Pass Rates - PWCS and Virginia. Bar graph compares PWCS scores with statewide scores for Virginia in five categories. The scores are: Reading - PWCS = 79% VA = 78%, Math - PWCS = 83% VA = 82%, Science - PWCS = 81% VA = 81%, History - PWCS = 84% VA = 80%, and Writing - PWCS = 78% VA = 76%

Additional information on the performance of students on SOL tests during 2018-2019 — including pass rates for schools and school divisions — is available on the VDOE website and on the online School Quality Profiles