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Patrick County mulls 2013-14 SOL scores

Sunday, August 31, 2014

By PAUL COLLINS - Bulletin Staff Writer

Compared with its 2012-13 pass rates, Patrick County Public Schools’ 2013-14 Standards of Learning (SOL) division pass rates increased on 18 measures and declined on 16 measures, according to data on the Virginia Department of Education website.

Patrick’s 2013-14 division pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on eight measures, trailed the state’s rates on 24 measures and equaled them on two measures.

The measures are subjects tested, such as world history and reading.

The results of the 2013-14 SOL tests released Wednesday by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) indicate improvements and trouble spots in schools, a news release from the Patrick schools states. Teachers, staff and administration continue to celebrate successes from 2012-2013 while they take steps to improve student achievement for 2014-2015.

The SOL results were something the county has been considering for the new school year, according to William D. Sroufe, division superintendent.

“We understand the need for continuous growth and improvement,” Sroufe said in the release. “As a division, we are constantly striving to improve what we do as educators.”

During the summer, the Patrick County Schools administrative team reviewed data and evaluated instructional strategies used throughout the division, the release states.

“Our team has identified three main focus areas for this school year: 1) curriculum alignment, 2) data-driven instruction and 3) writing across the curriculum,” Cyndi Williams, the school division’s executive director of instruction, said in the release. “We’re having weekly discussions about how what we teach, how we teach it and how students are learning. Our goal is for our students to be college- and career-ready when they leave Patrick County Public Schools.”

“We have seen gains in the overall reading and math pass rates from 2012-2013 to 2013-2014; however, we continue to strive for more improvement,” Williams said. “We have high expectations for our students and plan to work throughout the school year to provide additional instructional support such as during- and after-school remediation sessions, online practice with math and reading IXL, and continued use of VDOE resources.”

According to its website, IXL provides standards-aligned software for language arts practice.

Williams said the school division not only has high expectations for students, but the staff is working to improve instruction.

“During the past few months, teachers and administrators have participated in data sessions and curriculum workshops,” she said. “This additional staff development will help us enrich our current instructional practices.”

“SOL scores are a measure of our ‘end game’; however, it is the everyday instruction and ongoing reflection that help us grow and improve each year,” Williams said.

SOL results by school follow.

Compared with their 2012-13 pass rates:

• Blue Ridge Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on 12 measures, declined on five measures and stayed the same on one measure. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on 12 measures, trailed Virginia’s pass rates on five measures and equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure.

• Hardin Reynolds Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on seven measures and declined on seven measures. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rate on one measure, equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on 12 measures.

• Meadows of Dan Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on eight measures and declined on four measures. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on four measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on 11 measures.

• Patrick County High School’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on seven measures and declined on nine measures. The high school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on five measures, equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on 10 measures.

• Patrick Springs Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on two measures and declined on two measures. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on two measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on two measures.

• Stuart Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on nine measures, declined on eight measures and stayed the same on one measure. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on seven measures and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on 11 measures.

• Woolwine Elementary’s 2013-14 SOL pass rates increased on seven measures, declined on nine measures and stayed the same on two measures. The school’s 2013-14 pass rates exceeded Virginia’s pass rates on 13 measures, equaled Virginia’s pass rate on one measure and trailed Virginia’s pass rates on four measures.

 

 
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