DPS Reports Improved SOL Scores | New
The new Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) scores are out and they show slight improvements in Danville Public Schools. But the numbers are still well below pre-pandemic levels in most areas.
Danville’s division-wide pass rate dropped six percent on the writing tests, but rose on the other five.
The numbers in Danville remain well below the state average. Scores at Galileo Magnet High School were above the state average.
There have been some notable improvements in some schools in Danville. History and social studies pass rates more than doubled last year at Gibson and Forest Hills elementary schools. Park Avenue and Woodberry Hills elementary schools more than doubled their math test pass rates. Schoolfield has more than doubled pass rates in math and history/social studies.
The Virginia Department of Education will announce SOL accreditation status for each school and district in September.
The following elementary schools had increased pass rates from the 20-21 school year in three or more subjects:
EA Gibson Elementary
•Reading pass rates in 21-22 were 44% compared to 35% in 20-21.
• Math success rates in 21-22 were 30% compared to 18% in 20-21.
•Science pass rates in 21-22 were 22% compared to 12% in 20-21.
•The success rates of Virginia studies in 21-22 were 24% compared to 12% in 20-21.
Forest Hills Primary School
•Reading pass rates in 21-22 were 68% compared to 61% in 20-21.
• Math success rates in 21-22 were 64% compared to 48% in 20-21.
•Science pass rates in 21-22 were 38% compared to 35% in 20-21.
• Virginia study pass rates in 21-22 were 77% compared to 38% in 20-21.
Park Avenue Elementary School
***Reading pass rates in 21-22 were 43% compared to 30% in 20-21.
***Mathematics pass rates in 21-22 were 29% compared to 12% in 20-21.
***Science pass rates in 21-22 were 39% compared to 14% in 20-21.
School Field Elementary School
•Reading pass rates in 21-22 were 50% compared to 40% in 20-21.
• Math success rates in 21-22 were 40% compared to 22% in 20-21.
•Science pass rates in 21-22 were 42% compared to 26% in 20-21.
•The success rates of Virginia studies in 21-22 were 34% against 10% in 20-21.
GLH Johnson Elementary saw an increase in scores over the past two years in reading (up 40% from 28% in 20-21), while Woodberry Hills Elementary saw an increase over math scores in previous year (up to 34% against 12% in 20-21).
Westwood Middle School had higher scores in reading (up 46% vs. 40% in 20-21), math (up 34% vs. 22% in 20-21), and civics and economics (up 38% versus 26%). in 20-21) trials. OT Bonner improved his writing scores (up to 31% from 28% in 20-21).
At the high school level, George Washington High School saw increases in reading (up 66% from 54% in 20-21) and science (up 41% from 31% in 20-21).
“We are thrilled to see a significant increase in our test scores for the 21-22 school year,” Superintendent Angela Hairston said. “Our students have made an incredible rebound from the pandemic, but there is still work to be done.”
At EA Gibson Elementary, Principal Star Norton worked hard on the school improvement process, which included school climate.
“Over the past year, we have worked diligently to improve our school culture and climate, improve our community relationships, and increase family engagement and communication,” Norton said. “Together, we reviewed our collective commitments to promote instructional planning and alignment of delivery with state standards.”
In a press release, a DPS spokesperson said the division will continue to focus on teaching and its new curriculum, which was created by DPS leaders and teachers for DPS leaders and teachers. . They will also focus on secondary schools to increase their improvements.
DPS has hired reading and math coaches in each school this year in an effort to further support teachers in each subject. DPS also now has a teacher quality specialist, Dr. Stephanie Haynsworth, who will provide teacher support and implement strategies for teacher retention.
Student success is one of five goal areas in the district’s 2021-2026 strategic plan, in which increasing test scores is an indicator of success. The goals, as listed in the five-year plan, are to increase the pass rate percentage on various SOL tests to proficiency or above.
“On behalf of the board, we are thrilled to see improvements in the performance of our students,” said Danville School Board Chair Crystal Cobbs. “The work of our leaders and teachers is moving us in the right direction.