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Hampton City Schools showing improvement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests

The Virginia Department of Education publicly released statewide scores on the 2014-15 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests today.

Superintendent Dr. Jeffery Smith said HCS students showed growth in all five core-subject areas.
“I commend our staff members, students and parents for their hard work toward improving academic achievement,” he said. “As we move forward, there is more work to do, and we will continue to explore research-based strategies to improve teaching and learning.”

When reviewing the performance of all students, pass percentages increased from 1% to 5%. The largest gains were in reading and mathematics at 5%, with a 4% gain in social studies, 2% in writing and 1% in science.

“When looking at the outcomes for subgroups of students, the results are promising,” he added.

  • Economically disadvantaged students posted gains from 1% to 7% in four core-subject areas, with the largest growth in reading. Their science results remained the same.
  • Students with disabilities posted gains from 1% - 5% in three areas with the highest gain in math. They remained steady in writing but lost ground in science.
  • Limited English Proficient students had gains from 5% - 10% in four of the core subjects, but also showed a dip in science.

In looking at the HCS results by grade level and test:

  • The reading pass percentages increased at every level, with gains from 1% to 8%.
  • The math pass percentages went up in 8 of 9 courses, with gains ranging from 3% to 9%.  The largest gain was in Algebra II.  HCS students showed a slight decrease at grade 4, but still posted an 80% pass rate.
  • The grade 7 math pass percentage continues to climb but remains a source of concern.  Just over one third of our 7th grade students take this course; those with stronger math skills often take pre-algebra or algebra instead. Although the pass rate is up 5% from last year and 19% from the year before, these students will continue to receive extra support.
  • The social studies pass percentages remain strong and grew in 3 of the 5 tests.
  • There was growth in science at grades 5 and 8, even rates in Biology and Chemistry, and a slight dip in Earth Science.

For more information about SOL pass rates, see 2014-2015 SOL pass rates for schools, school divisions and the commonwealth.

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