Marinating in Failure

The 2018 SOL pass rates are up on the VDOE Web site.

Richmond this year posted a one point gain in the average reading pass rate and a repeat in science but declines otherwise.

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In terms of a graph:

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Recalling that the accreditation benchmarks are 75 in English and 70 otherwise, this is a picture of abiding failure to properly educate Richmond’s schoolchildren.

With a 1 point gain in the reading pass rate, Richmond was third from the last among divisions, after a tie for second last year (not counting the School for the Deaf and Blind).

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Notwithstanding the 3 point drop in Richmond’s writing pass rate from last year, Petersburg’s sixteen point(!) decrease brought Richmond up from last place to second from the bottom.

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In history & social science, Richmond’s 5 point drop left it next to last, again.

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The 2 point slide in the math rate was small enough, in light of even larger declines elsewhere, to bring Richmond up from second to fourth from the bottom.

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Finally, the repeat pass rate in science was enough to leave Richmond in a tie for second from last, after a second place finish last year.

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I’ll have more to say later about the relationship between this ongoing disaster and the State’s (predictably futile) intrusion into the Richmond school system.