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LCPS Continues Overall High Achievement on SOL Tests

 

New Strategies in Place to Focus on Areas for Growth

ASHBURN, Va. – August 13, 2019 -- Reports released by the Virginia Department of Education on Tuesday, August 13, show strong performance by Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) students in all subjects assessed by the 2019 Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. Pass rates for Loudoun County Public Schools students met or exceeded the state pass rate for 26 of the 28 SOL tests administered. There were slight decreases in pass rates from 2017-18 to 2018-19 across the test areas overall and for multiple student groups in LCPS and across Virginia.

 

Pass rates for students from Loudoun County Public Schools in 2018-19 were as follows: 

  • 87 percent of students who took tests in mathematics in 2018-19 passed, compared to 83 percent the previous year;
  • 84 percent passed reading tests, compared with 86 percent in 2017-18;
  • 87 percent passed a writing exam, compared with 89 percent in 2017-18;
  • 88 percent of students taking a science exam passed, maintaining the same pass rate as in 2017-18; and
  • 89 percent of LCPS students passed the history exam assigned for their course, compared with 91 percent in 2017-18.

Dr. Eric Williams, superintendent, said, “Loudoun County Public Schools’ overall high achievement on Virginia’s Standards of Learning exams is heartening evidence that our focus on creating authentic opportunities for all students to engage in deeper learning is working for many learners. LCPS still has achievement gaps we must address. Our efforts to address those gaps and help all students reach their full potential include investing in additional professional development to meet the needs of English learners and students with disabilities and new instructional facilitators to strengthen teacher teams’ instructional strategies across the division. The data will inform our efforts to build on our strengths and address areas of need.”

The tables below present the three-year trends in overall pass rates for tests within the content areas of English, mathematics, science and social science for LCPS compared to the state. Pass rates by content area for English learners and students with disabilities are also highlighted to report these two areas of focus for LCPS in recent years. These results as well as other measures of performance for each school are reported on the Virginia Department of Education’s School Quality Profiles website.


MATHEMATICS 

Students in LCPS and across Virginia passed mathematics assessments at higher rates than 2016-17, overcoming decreases in achievement in 2017-18. The pass rates for LCPS students were higher than the state pass rate for   every mathematics assessment except for Grade 6 Mathematics (77 percent compared to 78 percent) and Grade 8 Mathematics (67 percent compared to 77 percent). Overall, 87 percent of LCPS students passed the SOL assessment for their mathematics course in 2018-19, an increase of 2 percentage points since 2016-17.

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Mathematics Test

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Grade 3 Mathematics

80

77

87

7

75

73

82

7

Grade 4 Mathematics

88

85

88

0

81

79

83

2

Grade 5 Mathematics

88

85

88

0

79

77

81

2

Grade 6 Mathematics

82

79

77

-5

82

79

78

-4

Grade 7 Mathematics

83

80

87

4

71

69

78

7

Grade 8 Mathematics

69

62

67

-2

74

71

77

3

Algebra I

87

84

89

2

82

81

86

4

Algebra II

91

90

94

3

90

89

91

1

Geometry

86

85

88

2

78

77

83

5

 

 

Black students in LCPS experienced greater gains than other race/ethnicity groups in the school division, increasing from 73 percent in 2016-17 to 76 percent in 2018-19. All student groups in LCPS performed better than the same groups statewide, except for Hispanic students who passed at a rate of 71 percent compared to 74 percent for all Hispanic students in Virginia. Despite gains, there are still gaps between specific race/ethnicity groups and all students.

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Combined Mathematics

Race/Ethnicity

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

All Students

85

83

87

2

79

77

82

3

Asian

94

93

95

1

93

92

94

1

Black

73

69

76

3

66

64

70

4

Hispanic

70

65

71

1

71

68

74

3

White

88

87

90

2

86

84

88

2

Two or more races

86

84

87

1

82

80

85

3

 

 

 READING/WRITING

 

In the area of reading, the percentage of LCPS students passing tests in all grade levels continues to exceed the state passing rate. For Grade 8 Reading, 84 percent of LCPS students passed the SOL test for that grade level, compared to 76 percent of students across the state. Ninety-one percent of LCPS students passed the End-of-Course Reading test, the assessment that students must pass in order to earn a standard or Advanced Studies diploma.

 

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Reading Test

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Grade 3 Reading

80

78

76

-4

75

72

71

-4

Grade 4 Reading

86

82

81

-5

79

76

75

-4

Grade 5 Reading

89

87

84

-5

81

80

78

-3

Grade 6 Reading

87

89

86

-1

78

80

77

-1

Grade 7 Reading

90

89

87

-3

82

81

79

-3

Grade 8 Reading

86

87

84

-2

76

77

76

0

End of Course Reading

93

92

91

-2

87

87

86

-1

 

  

The general decline in reading pass rates was reflected in every race/ethnicity group in LCPS and Virginia. Pass rates for Hispanic students decreased the most, from 73 percent in 2016-17 to 65 percent in 2018-19 for LCPS and from 71 percent to 66 percent for Virginia during the same period. 

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Combined Reading

Race/Ethnicity

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

All Students

87

86

84

-3

80

79

78

-2

Asian

93

93

92

-1

91

90

89

-2

Black

77

77

75

-2

67

67

65

-2

Hispanic

73

69

65

-8

71

67

66

-5

White

91

90

89

-2

86

86

85

-1

Two or more races

88

88

85

-3

83

83

81

-2

 

Eighty-seven percent of LCPS students passed a writing assessment, compared to 76 percent of students in Virginia.

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Writing Test

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Grade 8 Writing

86

85

83

-3

73

73

70

-3

End of Course Writing

92

93

90

-2

84

84

81

-3

 

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Combined WritingRace/Ethnicity

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

All Students

89

89

87

-2

79

78

76

-3

Asian

95

94

95

0

92

91

91

-1

Black

78

80

74

-4

65

64

61

-4

Hispanic

76

75

70

-6

70

70

67

-3

White

92

92

90

-2

85

84

83

-2

Two or more races

91

91

90

-1

82

81

79

-3

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Pass rates on science exams remain stable in LCPS and across the state, varying within 1 percentage point between 2016-17 and 2018-19. LCPS achievement in Biology and Chemistry continues to be high, with 91 percent of LCPS students passing the Biology assessment, compared to 83 percent in Virginia and 94 percent passing the Chemistry assessment, compared to 88 percent in Virginia. The overall science pass rate for LCPS students was 88 percent in 2018-19, 7 points higher than the pass rate across the state. 

 

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Science Test

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Grade 5 Science

86

85

85

-1

79

79

79

0

Grade 8 Science

88

87

88

0

79

78

78

-1

Biology

92

90

91

-1

82

82

83

1

Chemistry

93

92

94

1

89

89

88

-1

Earth Science

88

86

87

-1

82

81

81

-1

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Combined ScienceRace/Ethnicity

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

All Students

89

88

88

-1

82

81

81

-1

Asian

95

94

95

0

92

92

93

1

Black

79

79

80

1

68

67

67

-1

Hispanic

73

70

70

-3

71

70

70

-1

White

93

93

92

-1

89

89

89

0

Two or more races

93

92

90

-3

86

85

84

-2

 

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE

 

Although pass rates for all social science tests decreased for LCPS and the state, a greater proportion of LCPS students passed the assessments than students across Virginia. LCPS pass rates were at least 10 points higher than the state for Virginia Studies (91 percent for LCPS compared to 81 percent for Virginia); Civics & Economics (92 percent for LCPS compared to 82 percent for Virginia); and World History I (91 percent for LCPS compared to 80 percent for Virginia).

 

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

History and Social Sciences Test

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

VA Studies

93

93

91

-2

87

85

81

-6

Civics & Econ

95

94

92

-3

87

86

82

-5

World History I

94

91

91

-3

85

82

80

-5

World History II

91

88

88

-3

87

84

81

-6

VA & US History

90

90

75

-15

86

84

68

-18

  

 

 

LCPS

VIRGINIA

Combined History & Soc. Science Race/Ethnicity

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

All Students

92

91

89

-3

86

84

80

-6

Asian

97

97

96

-1

95

95

93

-2

Black

86

83

80

-6

75

72

66

-9

Hispanic

80

77

74

-6

80

77

72

-8

White

95

94

92

-3

91

90

87

-4

Two or more races

94

93

90

-4

89

87

83

-6

 

 

ENGLISH LEARNERS

 

Federal accountability rules that modified the definition of students included in the English Learner subgroup took effect in 2018-19 and were retroactive to 2017-18. The new definition of English Learners excludes students identified as “Formerly Limited English Proficient” from the pass rate calculation so that only students currently receiving English Language services are reported. The definition change resulted in significant decreases in pass rates for English Learners in LCPS and Virginia between 2016-17 and 2017-18. In 2018-19, LCPS posted higher pass rates than the state for English Learners taking the Reading and History and Social Sciences assessments. LCPS continues to be within two percentage points of the Virginia pass rate for English Learners taking the mathematics SOL tests (57 percent for LCPS in 2018-19, compared to 59 percent for the state).

 

 

Pass Rates for English Learners

Subject

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Reading

66

39

36

*

64

36

35

*

Writing

56

32

21

*

52

27

23

*

History and Social Sciences

70

50

48

*

72

52

47

*

Mathematics

68

47

57

*

68

49

59

*

Science

60

35

37

*

58

36

38

*

*Three-year trend not valid due to change in subgroup definition in 2017-18.

 

 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

 

Students with Disabilities in Loudoun County Public Schools experienced a slight increase in achievement in the subject of mathematics, from a pass rate of 59 percent in 2016-17 to 61 percent in 2018-19. Pass rates for Students with Disabilities decreased in all other areas for LCPS, as well as across Virginia. 

 

Pass Rates for Students with Disabilities

Subject

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

2016-17 Pass Rate

2017-18 Pass Rate

2018-19 Pass Rate

2016-17 to 2018-19 Change

Reading

60

59

56

-4

47

48

47

0

Writing

58

57

53

-5

42

42

39

-3

History and Social Sciences

74

71

67

-7

59

57

52

-7

Mathematics

59

55

61

2

48

47

55

7

Science

67

64

63

-4

52

50

51

-1

 

 

 

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