By John R. Butcher
VDOE today posted the 2015 SOL data.
“Wait a minute,” you say. “They had those data in time to schedule graduations last May. Why did they wait until now to publish them?”
Good question. Their excuse is that the summer testing data are not available until now. The reason (one suspects; they hide the data so we can’t actually know) is that they manipulate these data extensively and all that futzing takes time.
The new math tests in 2012 and the new reading tests in 2013 lowered the pass rates statewide and clobbered the Richmond rates. The Richmond recovery was delayed because our former Superintendent failed to align the curricula to the new tests. This provided our new Super a nice opportunity to shine.
First Look at the DataA first look at the 2015 data suggests that it was more of a glowing than a shining:
Compared to some peers and a neighbor:
Stay tuned for more analysis.