SOL scores up significantly over last year

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Some encouraging news for students and parents across the Commonwealth — SOL test scores are up significantly over last year.

That includes Henrico County, where last fall, Wilder Middle School lost its accreditation.

Students’ SOL scores at the school were just too low to make the grade.

At the time, the dad of a seventh grader at Wilder told 8News he wasn’t surprised.

“He went from loving to go to school to not really wanting to go to school anymore. He didn’t feel like he was learning with some of the teachers and stuff,” Enoch Love explained last September.

On Tuesday, Love and other parents learned test scores are up almost across the board, not just at Wilder but at the majority of Henrico County schools.

“We’re making good progress, we’re moving in the right direction,” says Andy Jenks, the spokesperson for Henrico County Public Schools. “We think this is going to pay off in September when the state’s accreditation ratings come out and we think we’ll see more schools regain full accreditation,” adds Jenks.

Of the 29 sol tests taken by Henrico County students, scores increased on 17 of them. They remained the same on five and dropped on seven exams.

In Chesterfield County, results improved on 26 of the 29 tests.

That growth exceeds state standards.

In Richmond, another district troubled with low scores and lost accreditation, results improved on 19 exams.

It remained steady on two and scores dropped on 8.

One Richmond school that did not test well is Martin Luther King Junior Middle School.

Earlier this year, Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden targeted the school for an educational overhaul.

Nearly half of the school’s teachers lost their jobs and those who remained had to reapply for their positions.

School accreditation will be announced next month.

If you want to see how your school scored, you can click the link here:http://www.doe.virginia.gov/statistics_reports/accreditation_federal_reports/index.shtml#passrates

Scroll to the bottom of the page and choose “School Test-by-Test”

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