We will learn today the pass rates for Virginia schools on the Standards of Learning tests or SOLs -- and when it comes to reading and English -- you can expect much lower scores than we have seen in the past.
When the scores are released at 9 a.m., I've learned that all of those rates will be much lower, because the tests have been made more difficult.
This happened two years ago in math testing -- and pass rates dropped 20 to 30 points from the 80's and 90's, down to the mid 40's in some cases.
A state education spokesman, Charles Pyle, tells me the tests are harder, because the state Board of Education wanted to "raise the floor" and that minimum standards just aren't good enough anymore.
Here is a link to the state's database. It's useful to see how schools are doing overall and in comparison to one-another.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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