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Down again: Student achievement drops again for Richmond Public Schools, according to 2018-19 SOL test results

Ronald E. Carrington | 8/16/2019, 6 a.m.
Richmond Public Schools student achievement continues to decline, according to state Standards of Learning test results released this week by ...

Open High School’s overall scores are up 18 percent, while Franklin Military Academy’s scores are up 6.6 percent.

In the city’s middle schools, Albert H. Hill remained the highest achieving middle school with a 73 percent average pass rate. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School saw a 3.9 percent decrease and is still behind its peers with an overall 25 percent pass rate.

As for the elementary schools, George Washington Carver Elementary School, which is working to recover from an SOL cheating scandal carried out by its former principal and uncovered by city and state officials last year, showed low student achievement on the 2018-19 SOL tests. Roughly, one in four students passed the history SOL; one in three passed the math SOL; one in five passed the science SOL; while one in three passed the reading test.

At Fairfield Court Elementary School, the overall pass rate was 21 percent this year, compared with 37 percent in 2017- 18.

On a positive note, students at Westover Hills Elementary School made the largest gains in science, with an SOL pass rate of 65 percent this year, up from a low 24 percent pass rate in 2017-18.

Across the state, student achievement was down slightly in three areas: 78 percent of students passed the reading SOL tests, compared with 79 percent in 2017-18; 76 percent passed the English writing SOL, compared with 78 percent last year; and 80 percent passed the history-social science SOL, compared with 84 percent in 2017-18.

Statewide, math SOL pass rates were up with the new mathematics test introduced during the spring. Eighty two percent of students statewide passed the math SOL, compared with 77 percent in 2017-18.

Science scores remained unchanged from last year, with 81 percent passing the science SOL statewide.