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Math Scores Up & English Down on Virginia SOLs

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We now know the pass rates for the SOLs this year, and as expected, statewide math scores are up and English is down.

When we look at statewide pass rates for the math exam, we can see that scores are up from third grade all the way through Algebra II, which is up by 7 percent.

On the other hand, the story is not so pretty when it comes to reading and writing.

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The English scores were down across the board. But that was expected, since starting this year, the English tests are harder. That was the case two years ago for math - and scores dropped then, too.

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Since then, state officials say school systems have improved methods for teaching math, and they expect the same will happen for English.

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So how did this impact our local schools?

Let's take a look at the 8th grade writing test, as an example.

  • Roanoke County went from a 92 percent passing rate to 78 percent
  • Salem: 95 percent to 80 percent
  • Lynchburg: 84 percent to 58 percent
  • Roanoke City: 84 percent to 61 percent
  • Franklin County: 85 percent to 78 percent
  • Bedford: 88 percent to 68 percent
  • Montgomery County: 86 percent to 68 percent
  • Campbell County: 82 percent to 70 percent

This is just a sample from some local school districts, but it's representative of English scores in reading and at different grade levels as well.

Again, math scores tended to be up for most local school districts.