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SOL scores released for schools across Virginia

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

As students prepare to head back to school, teachers and staff are getting a better idea of what areas they need to focus on in order for more students to make the grade. The state's most recent SOL test results show both gains and drops.

Richmond's Superintendent Dr. Dana Bedden is weighing in on these scores released Wednesday. Though there are improvements in Richmond, he says there's more work to be done.

All across the state, there's an overall boost in math performance with 74% of Virginia students passing math SOL's for their grade or course - up from just 71 % the year before. But in Reading the state's average dropped.

"What we see are scores are flatter than we'd like. Again, new tests, new expectations, different outcomes for students," said Dr. Steven Staples, Superintendent with the Virginia Department of Education.

He says more teacher training and a comprehensive review by school staff of the areas students are falling short in are two methods the state can partner with districts to help all schools make the grade.

One of the highest SOL results in Central Virginia comes from Hanover who has a 90 % passing rate in History and Social Sciences. But In Petersburg, only 52 % of students passed their Reading and Writing tests. Richmond schools on average show higher scores than Petersburg, but lower scores than other districts in our area.

"If we want to compare ourselves to those districts, then we need to have similar resources," Dr. Bedden said.

But he says there is progress in Richmond, including an 8% gain in math as well as a renewed commitment that began last year to turn things around.

"Some of the work and corrective actions that they took to improve things have put us on the right course and now we've got to do more," he said.

Since Virginia experienced a bitter Winter forcing students to miss school days that reached double digits, Dr. Staples says he's pleased students were able to show the improvements that they did.

To see how your child's school or district performed, click on "Division-Level".

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