Here are the division SOL pass rates by year, going back to the start of the database, for Richmond, the peer cities, and the state. I’ve included Charles City and Lynchburg as a thank-you to my readers there.
The new, tougher English tests in 2013 produced those decreases. Richmond was 9.7 points below the state average in ‘12 and fell to –24.6 in ‘13; as of this year, it remains 20.2 points low.
The new math tests came in 2012. The new tests took Richmond from –10.5 to –20.9 v. the state. Richmond recovered some but then languished to the current –25.1.
Next, the other three subject areas.
Finally, the average of the five averages:
On this average, Richmond is 23.4 points below the state this year.