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State education department releases stats on new math SOLs

UPDATE: 18 schools in the Fredericksburg region score 100 percent pass rate on the new math SOL tests. Following is a list of those schools.

PERFECT SCORES

  • Caroline Middle School, Caroline County, Algebra I and Geometry.
  • Culpeper Middle, Culpeper County, Algebra I and Geometry.
  • Floyd T. Binns Middle, Culpeper County, Algebra 1 and Geometry.
  • Walker-Grant Middle, Fredericksburg, Geometry.
  • King George Middle, King George County, Algebra I, Geometry and Grade 8 math.
  • Louisa County Middle, Louisa County, Geometry.
  • Locust Grove Middle, Orange County, Geometry.
  • Orange Elementary, Orange County, Grade 6 math.
  • Battlefield Middle, Spotsylvania, Geometry.
  • Freedom Middle, Spotsylvania, Geometry.
  • Ni River Middle, Spotsylvania, Algebra I and Geometry.
  • Post Oak Middle, Spotsylvania, Geometry.
  • Dixon-Smith Middle, Stafford County, Geometry.
  • H.H. Poole Middle, Stafford, Geometry.
  • Rodney E. Thompson Middle, Stafford, Algebra I and Geometry.
  • Shirley C. Heim Middle, Stafford, Algebra I.
  • Stafford Middle, Stafford, Geometry.
  • T. Benton Gayle Middle, Stafford, Geometry.

Though the tests were tougher, students at some schools in Virginia—including the 18 in the Fredericksburg region—achieved 100 percent pass rates as follows.

  • Two school divisions—the cities of Galax and Lexington—achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Algebra I test.
  • Students in eight middle schools and one high school achieved 100 percent pass rates in Algebra II.
  • Students in 148 middle schools and two high schools achieved 100 percent pass rates on the Geometry test.

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The Virginia Department of Education today released results of the new math Standards of Learning tests administered during the 2011-12 school year.

Results show that students taking the Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II SOL tests scored 10 to 14 points higher on year-end tests as compared to tests given after the first semester.

State Superintendent of Instruction Patricia I. Wright said in a prepared statement that, “While we have a long climb before we reach the achievement levels we hope to see on the new mathematics tests, the results released today represent a good start and provide a solid foundation for further progress in 2012-2013.”

Below are statewide results. We’re taking a look at results for the Fredericksburg region and will have more information later online and in Wednesday’s Free Lance-Star.

 

Test

First Semester

2011-2012

All Tests

2011-2012

Algebra I

63%

75%

Geometry

60%

74%

Algebra II

59%

69%

Grade 8

60%

Grade 7

58%

Grade 6

74%

Grade 5

67%

Grade 4

70%

Grade 3

64%

Here is an overview of the results provided by the state Department of Education.

  • Algebra I — Students in 80 of Virginia’s 132 school divisions and 452 schools achieved pass rates of 70 percent or higher; students in 37 divisions and 348 schools achieved pass rates of 80 percent or higher; and students in two divisions and 78 middle schools and 3 high schools achieved 100 percent pass rates.
  • Geometry — Students in 68 divisions and 387 schools achieved pass rates of 70 percent or higher; students in 29 divisions and 304 schools achieved pass rates of 80 percent or higher; and students in 148 middle schools and two high schools achieved 100 percent pass rates.
  • Algebra II — Students in 55 divisions and 172 schools achieved pass rates of 70 percent or higher; students in 20 divisions and 95 schools achieved pass rates of 80 percent or higher; and students in eight middle schools and one high school achieved 100 percent pass rates.

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