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Norfolk Public Schools
Spring 2011 SOL Results

   School Board Meeting
      July 20, 2011

                    Draft 7-18-11 SEAS
Table of Contents

  1) Executive Summary

      District Highlights

  2) District Results

  3) English by School

  4) Mathematics by School

  5) History by School

  6) Science by School
                                      Executive Summary
The Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are the primary assessment program used by the state of
Virginia uses to evaluate student achievement. These criterion-referenced assessments measure
attainment of knowledge and skills required by the Standards of Learning. In the four core areas
of English, mathematics, science, and history/social science, a curriculum framework also
provides details of the specific knowledge and skills students must possess to meet the standards
for these subjects.

Standards of Learning tests are annual assessments with the majority of tests administered during
the spring of the year. Tests are administered for end-of-course (EOC) subjects in the summer,
fall and spring. The SOL assessment program includes alternate assessments including the
Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP), the Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA),
and the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP). These assessments are comprised of
student portfolio work collected throughout the school year and locally scored during the months
of April, May, and June. Another alternative online assessment (Virginia Modified Achievement
Standards Test) was piloted with planned implementation in spring 2012.

School Districts in the State of Virginia have two accountability systems to support teaching and
learning. Both use SOL results and are reported annually. Individual schools receive a state
accreditation rating reflecting achievement in English, mathematics, history/social science, and
science. Individual schools and school districts also receive a rating based on progress made
toward the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP) and Virginia Accreditations results will be shared in the coming months.

Online Testing Expansion
Virginia students take nearly two million Standards of Learning (SOL) tests online annually. By
2013, online will be the primary delivery mode for all SOL assessments. 1 Online testing has
streamlined administrative processes, improved the accuracy of data reported by school
divisions, improved the accessibility of assessment data and reports, and expanded online test
delivery options. 2 Other benefits of online testing for students and schools include increased
student interest, increased instructional and remediation time due to timely return of student
results, and increased security of test content and student data.

The 2010-2011 school year was the sixth year of expanding SOL online testing from nearly half
of all students to over two-thirds of all students tested in grades 3-12. For the first time, all
elementary schools administered grade 5 history online. Elementary online testing was a positive
experience for both students and teachers and need and want to expand future online testing.
  Virginia Department of Education Website, Testing & Standards of Learning (SOL); - retrieved July 14, 2010
2 retrieved July 14, 2010

                                    District SOL Highlights

This brief provides preliminary results for the SOL English, math, history, and science tests
from May, 2011. Strategies implemented:

              Focused principal meetings with a review of best instructional practices
              Focus on powerful literacy in all content areas
              After school and Saturday support based on student need
              Data analysis of district quarterly tests to help facilitate early interventions
              Collaborative teacher planning sessions with the department of Curriculum &
               Professional Development
              Flexible Scheduling
              Utilization of tiered/differentiated instruction
              Mentors from the community, local businesses, colleges & universities, and
               military worked with students as tutors and role models
              Additional Resources
               o Tutors
               o Supplemental Educational Services (Title I Schools)
               o Small-group instruction

The following information provides highlights from each subject area.

English: Reading      All high schools have a passing rate of 82% or higher with one high
                      school at 92%. All middle school grade 8 scores are equal to or above
                      72% with 2 schools with greater than 90%. Most middle school grade 7
                      scores are equal to or above 70% with 2 schools slightly below. Most
                      middle school grade 6 scores were greater than or equal to 71%.

                      Thirty-three elementary schools grade 5 scores were above 70% with two
                      schools below. Thirty-one elementary schools grade 4 scores were above
                      70% with four schools below. Twenty-five elementary schools grade 3
                      scores were above 70% with ten schools below.

Mathematics           End-of-Course (EOC) Algebra I had the highest math passing rate, at 90%
                      that includes both high and middle schools. The majority of grade 8
                      students took Algebra I or Geometry and approximately 41% of grade 7
                      students took Algebra I.

                      Thirty-one elementary schools grade 5 scores were above 70% with four
                      schools below. Thirty-one elementary schools grade 4 scores were above
                      70% with four schools below. Thirty-three elementary schools grade 3
                      scores were above 70% with two schools below.

History               EOC World Geography had the highest history passing rate, at 94%. The
                      other history EOC subjects (Virginia & US History, World History I, and
                      World History II) had less than 70% passing rates. While grade 8 had
                      seven out of nine schools scores at 70% and above, most of grades 7
                      school scores were above 70%.

                      Thirty-three elementary schools grade 5 scores were above 70% with two
                      schools below. Twenty-three elementary schools grade 3 scores were
                      above 70% with twelve schools below.

Science               All high schools had 70% or higher passing rates in EOC Earth Science
                      and Chemistry, and most had higher than 70% in EOC Biology. All
                      middle schools have 91% or higher passing rates for EOC Earth Science
                      and Biology and most middle schools scores for grade 8 were above 70%.

                      Twenty-four elementary schools grade 5 scores were above 70% with
                      eleven schools below. Thirty-two elementary schools grade 3 scores were
                      above 70% with three schools below.

            Preliminary SOL Spring 2011 Percent Passing by Subject & School

The following preliminary results are sorted by subject area tested and school level. Three years
of percent passing results are presented. To support analysis of the information the range of
scores have been divided by colors with those scores greater than and equal to ninety percent are
shaded in blue. Scores between eighty and eighty-nine percent are shaded in green and scores
between seventy and seventy-nine percent are shaded in yellow. Scores below seventy percent
are shaded in red.

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