Preliminary SOL scores released; accreditation expected

Madison White Franks

by Madison White Franks

WEEMS—The Virginia Department of Education on August 22 released preliminary Standards of Learning (SOL) scores indicating all three Lancaster County schools will be accredited even though some pass rates declined from last year.

According to the Virginia Department of Education, Standards of Accreditation (SOA) have been revised to express the Virginia Board of Education’s vision of continuous improvement for all schools and for student outcomes to be aligned with all expectations of higher education and employers.

The preliminary results do not take the revisions into consideration, said superintendent Dr. Steve Parker. Combined pass rates revealing school growth will be released September 27 which will change some data significantly.

“I think it’s important to understand that these raw pass rates are not an accurate reflection of the combined pass rates on which accreditation will be based. These rates do not take into account student growth in either reading or math. While we are pleased with the amount of growth our students have shown, we are by no means satisfied,” said Dr. Parker…