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ACPS Sees Student Progress in 2022-23 SOL Results

ACPS Sees Student Progress in 2022-23 SOL Results

According to data released on Thurs., Sept. 7, 2023, by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) saw 15 schools fully accredited. Ferdinand T. Day Elementary achieved Full Accreditation this year, moving up from Accredited with Conditions status last school year. ACPS saw increases in division performance in annual Standards of Learning (SOL) student pass rates in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Writing and History/Social Sciences and a consistent pass rate in Reading, when compared to the previous school year.

The data provide federally adjusted school, division and state pass rates by grade, content area and student group. Highlights include:

  • ACPS results by student groups showed that performance increased across all of the state accountability student groups in Mathematics and across most student groups in Science when compared to the previous year, narrowing historic gaps in achievement.
  • In Reading, Writing, and History/Social Sciences, the pass rates for most student groups were within two percentage points of the previous school year, with few exceptions.
  • Tremendous gains were seen at the school level, with four schools increasing Mathematics pass rates by 10 percentage points or more and five schools increasing Science pass rates by 14 percentage points or more compared to the previous year.

“We are pleased to see that our SOL pass rates are moving in the right direction in ACPS, especially with increases in Math and Science, two areas that were highly impacted by the pandemic and have been a priority in our learning recovery initiatives,” said Superintendent Dr. Melanie Kay-Wyatt. “We know there is still much work to be done as we continue to implement best instructional practices as we accelerate learning and focus on our students’ social, emotional and academic learning. These results are a welcome sign that the hard work our staff and students are doing is showing results. I am proud of our students and commend our staff for all of their efforts and their continued commitment to advancing academic excellence for all students.”

The ACPS divisionwide federally adjusted SOL pass rates released by the VDOE for the 2022-23 school year, with the percentage change from the previous year, are as follows:

  • Mathematics: 53%; +4 percentage points
  • Reading: 60%; -1 percentage point
  • Science: 52%; +3 percentage points
  • Writing: 65%; +3 percentage points
  • History/Social Sciences: 56%; +2 percentage points

The Alexandria City School Board addressed priority areas for the 2023-24 school year at its Thurs., Sept. 7, 2023, meeting. On Aug. 24, 2023, the Board held a work session to hear from ACPS leadership and discuss preliminary SOL annual proficiency pass results, as well as a broad range of additional key division data sources and information about the Virginia Accreditation Accountability system. Annual pass rates reported by VDOE do not align with the state’s accreditation accountability system, which incorporates student growth. School Board meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public, and all Board meetings and work sessions can be viewed online.

State SOL assessments were given to students in grades three through eight in English Language Arts (Reading/Writing), Math, Science and History/Social Sciences and in high school core subjects assessed by end-of-course exams. Additional information on the VDOE SOL pass rate results are available online.

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