2012 SOL Scores

We have updated our Test Scores Page to reflect 2012 SOL exam scores.  The page has pdf files listing SOL exam pass rates for every subject tested for PWCS, for all PWCS High Schools, and scores for all subjects tested for Virginia, Fauquier, Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas, Manassas Park, Prince William, and Stafford.

You can click on the link to the Test Scores Page here, in the banner at the top of the page, or in the banner on the left hand side of the page.

The source for the test scores is the VA DOE excel file listing SOL scores for the state, school divisions, and schools (see here).


2 Responses to “2012 SOL Scores”

  1. Michelle Says:

    I would like to understand where the problems lies. If the new math standards were chosen by the state in 2009, why was it a surprise to our local administrators and they “just found out about it” in January of 2012?

  2. pwceducationreform Says:

    Michelle – the truth is that they didn’t just find out about them in January 2012. The new math SOLs were issued in 2009 and then amended a few months later. The change to the exams, including testing only 3rd grade standards on the 3rd grade SOL exams, were known before the 2011 – 2012 school year began, even before the 2010 – 2011 school year had ended. The draft standards were available on the DOE web site for months, as were the statements about the changes in the SOL exams. Every other school division in the area began adapting to the new SOLs based on the draft standards, except PWCS. Every other school division in the area began textbook adoption before the final list of state recommended textbooks was available, except PWCS.

    The problem, at least in my perspective, was at the PWCS central office level. Our schools did the best they could with what they knew, but with tightly controlled lesson pacing guides and assessments that come down from central office, there wasn’t much our teachers could do.

    Just to forewarn people, but we’re going to run into just as much difficulty this year with the new math textbooks. PWCS doesn’t appear to have even attempted to identify gaps between what the new math textbooks expect students to be able to do and what the old textbooks covered. Those gaps are going to present challenges to our teachers next year as they try to fill the gaps and change expectations. Our children are accustomed to doing a handful of problems on their own with limited homework and complain when they have to do more than a few problems. The new textbooks give 10 – 15 problems as a warm-up exercise and have regular homework with lots of problems.

    Be prepared – next year will be bumpy.

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