SOL scores fall

Published 1:34 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lunenburg County Public Schools saw a decrease in Standards of Learning (SOL) scores in all but one academic category, according to state Department of Education data released last week.

In the all-students category of the district report, the percentage of students passing decreased for history, writing, English and mathematics, but the district did see an increase in science. In science, the county improved by one point.

The largest difference from the 2014-15 school year to the 2015-16 year was in the writing category, with 7 percent fewer students passing their writing SOL in the all students subgroup. There was only a 1 percent difference in all other categories.

At a more local level, Victoria Elementary saw an increase across the categories. Math had the highest increase, with a 66 percent pass rate, 7 percent higher from the previous year.

Kenbridge Elementary saw varied results. Both English and science improved, with English pass rates increasing by 13 percent from the year prior. Likewise, math and history saw decreases, with history seeing a 12 percent decline.

Lunenburg Middle School saw English, math and writing scores decline and scores in history and science staying either consistent or increasing.

Central High School’s scores remained similar to the year prior, only increasing or decreasing one point across the board except for writing. The high school’s writing scores declined by 10 percent.

Compared to state results, Lunenburg performed consistently lower. In math, the county scored 13 points lower than the state.

At the statewide level, students achieving proficient or advanced level on reading, mathematics and science SOL assessments increased by one point according to a release by VDOE.

“Of the commonwealth’s 1,822 public schools, 915 improved in mathematics, 904 in reading and 939 in science,” VDOE said.

Lunenburg Superintendent Charles M. Berkley Jr. said he didn’t want to provide comment until statewide accreditation rankings are announced in mid-September.

Those accreditation ratings may reflect achievement over three years and include adjustments to reward schools for successful interventions and allowances for certain transfer students and english learners, according to VDOE.