2011-2012 Mathematics Standards of Learning:
What Parents & Students Should Know About the New Virginia Mathematics Standards of Learning
This year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) implemented newly revised math tests for all students in grades 3-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. The new mathematics assessments reflect higher rigor and full alignment with the national Common Core State Standards. In addition, the new standards meet national and international benchmarks for content and rigor established by organizations such as the College Board. These tests were designed to build on the success of the SOL program and to better prepare students to compete in today’s global economy. The rigor of the tests has been substantially increased and as a result, you may find that your student has seen a drop in his or her usual math scores.
Because of the increase in rigor for mathematics, students, schools, and school divisions are experiencing a short term impact that will improve as Botetourt County and other school divisions throughout the Commonwealth become more familiar with the new standards.
Lower pass rates at the beginning of this process are a sign that the VDOE has raised the bar, not that students are learning less. History suggests that student achievement on the tests will rise as we further align our curricula and classroom instruction with the new standards and as students become more comfortable with the format of the new tests.
Botetourt County is actively working to meet the new rigor and expectations established by the Virginia Department of Education by creating a learning environment where your child will meet the new standards as well as the expectations of today’s work force and/or higher education. State regulations require that remediation be provided for students who do not pass an SOL test. During the summer, principals and central office staff will review all student data and determine the various remediation structures that will be provided to students. These remediation structures may include classroom remediation and separate intervention classes.
The Virginia Department of Education anticipated these results and has provided additional information to the public by the links listed below.
What Parents & Students Should Know About the New Virginia Mathematic Standards of Learning
2011-2012 Mathematics Standards of Learning Testing: Start of a New Trend Line in Student Achievement