FCPS Students’ Outcomes on SOL Tests Mirror Statewide Shifts in 2018-19

News Release
August 13, 2019

Based on data released today by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), students in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) continue to outperform Virginia as a whole on Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments across content areas. Compared to last year, both Virginia and FCPS saw gains in mathematics results, slight decreases in history and writing scores, and steady performance in science. For reading, FCPS maintained performance from last year while state scores declined.

“We are pleased that our students continue to perform well on the SOLs, although standardized tests are just one way we have of assessing student progress,” said Fairfax County School Board Chair Karen Corbett Sanders. “We continue to be concerned about persistent achievement gaps.  The School Board is focused on addressing these issues through increased supports and interventions. Together with project-based learning and other assessments, we will continue to work toward the goals of our Portrait of a Graduate, designed to guarantee an excellent and equitable education for every FCPS student.”

Overall FCPS SOL results for the 2018-19 school year are: 81 percent passing for reading, 82 percent for writing, 86 percent for mathematics, 84 percent for science, and 86 percent for history and social science.

“Test results indicate that FCPS students continue to demonstrate college and career readiness even though fewer high school students are taking SOLs under new state accountability standards,” said FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand. “We will continue to provide resources and support to help all students achieve academic excellence. This approach takes the whole child into consideration and extends beyond just looking at test scores.  It also ensures that we are considering other factors that may be impacting performance such as access to programs.”

The SOL outcomes reflect statewide shifts in standards and testing practices for the 2018-19 school year. Revisions to the Standards of Accreditation that became effective last year reduced the number of high school students taking SOL tests. New mathematics tests were rolled out in 2018-19, using revised performance-level benchmarks established through the state’s standards-setting process. Additionally, SOL history tests continue to reflect outdated standards until these tests can be revised next year to incorporate the standards currently taught to students.

 

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.