SOL testing underway in Mathews
SOL season is upon us.
The battery of annual state Standards of Learning tests began this week for students at all three Mathews County schools, with a full schedule of testing to continue through June 10, according to a report given by assistant superintendent Nancy Welch at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Mathews County School Board.
Between now and June 10, she said, 254 separate sessions have been scheduled for students ranging from grade three through 12 in non-writing SOL assessments.
The spring writing SOL tests have already been administered, and preliminary numbers are good. Welch reported pass rates of 88 percent for fifth grade English, 83 percent for eighth grade English and 96 percent for end of course (11th grade) English.
In a review of the most recent SOL practice tests, Welch said that there were two "areas of concern" that have been looked at by teachers and administrators—math scores at Thomas Hunter Middle and Mathews High schools.
The third-quarter cumulative assessments show pass rates of 78 percent for THMS students and 76 percent for MHS students. The remaining pass rates—in English, science and history at the three schools—were all in the 80 and 90 percent range.
"Do we have a concern?" Welch asked. "Yes. But are we making gains? Yes, you better believe we are." She went on to review some of the hands-on efforts at remediation and getting students well versed in the vocabulary of math and math concepts.
Preparing the schedule for the spring SOL tests is a process that began in December, with the division’s three assistant principals in charge of this task, Welch said.
One of the assistant principals who will be charged with preparing next year’s test schedules will be Laurel Byrd. The MHS Spanish teacher was appointed assistant principal of THMS during Tuesday’s meeting, which was held in the MHS media center.