Virginia Releases SOL Results

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Some Valley schools may be under-performing, according to the latest results from the Standards of Learning Tests.

"Standardized testing is kind of like pushing a square peg through a round hole sometimes," said Rockingham County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Doug Alderfer.

"I think a lot of the SOL's have great value, I just don't believe that the way you determine if a child or school is successful is on a one day, one test," said Harrisonburg City Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Kizner.

Whether you like them or not, the results are in. Schools all across Virginia are pleased with the new math results as the state saw an increase from 71 to 74 percent pass rate in the subject.

Last year, Thomas Harrison Middle School was accredited with warning because of their math scores. This year their English scores have dropped, In fact, English scores have dropped across the entire state.

Warnings are issued for those who score below 70 percent in math, science, and social studies, and below 75 percent in English.

The city of Harrisonburg's district reading pass rate is 62. "Those schools, regardless of if they made accreditation or not, are going to continue to focus on the best ways to help our students be successful learners," said Kizner.

Alderfer said for the first time in 10 years, some of their schools may be given warnings.

"But, it's not the most important thing we do, we want to make sure learning is interesting and fun, and invigorating for our students," said Alderfer.

Some Harrisonburg schools are incorporating writing into all of their classes to improve scores and Rockingham County is using many forms of technology to improve learning.


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