Not Learning in Richmond

The SOL pass rates on the VDOE Report Card page gave a preview of the Bad News for 2017. 

The (very nice) front end to the SOL database now reaches the 2017 data so we have some context.

NOTE: Corrected from the earlier post.  There was a sorting error in the VDOE database.  Thanks to the always helpful Chuck Pyle for getting it fixed, quickly.

To start, here are the division average reading pass rates back to 2010.

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The dip in 2013 coincided with the new, tougher English and science tests.

I’ve included data for the peer jurisdictions, Hampton, Newport News, and Norfolk, as well as for Charles City and Lynchburg (where I’ve sometimes been known to have a reader) and the state average. 

As a measure of relative performance, here are the same data, expressed as differences between the division pass rates and the state average.

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Next, writing:

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Next, History and Social Science:

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Math:

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The drop in 2012 coincides with the deployment of new, tougher math tests that year.

Science:

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Finally, the averages of the five subject area pass rates:

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It ought to be unconstitutional to do this to Richmond’s schoolchildren.