Alexandria City Public Schools report shows progress in standardized testing

George Mason Elementary School Principal Christopher Finan with students on the first day of school, August 21, 2023 (staff photo by James Cullum)

The test results are in. For the most part, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) students did better on Standards of Learning (SOL) testing this year compared to the previous school year.

It’s a small but positive sign of progress at a time when the school division sorely needs some good news.

“ACPS saw increases in division performance in annual Standards of Learning (SOL) student pass rates in the areas of mathematics, science, writing and history/social sciences and a consistent pass rate in reading, when compared to the previous school year,” a release from ACPS said. “The data provide federally adjusted school, division and state pass rates by grade, content area and student group.”

While reading remains one of the stronger subjects for ACPS — a positive sign for future ALXnow readers — it did show a slight dip in the pass rate.

According to the release, the pass rates this year were:

  • Mathematics: 53% / +4 percentage points
  • Reading: 60% / -1 percentage point
  • Science: 52% / +3 percentage points
  • Writing: 65% / +3 percentage points
  • History/Social Sciences: 56% / +2 percentage points

In a release, Superintendent Melanie Kay-Wyatt said the results show progress in two of the areas most impacted by Covid learning loss.

“We are pleased to see that our SOL pass rates are moving in the right direction in ACPS, especially with increases in math and science, two areas that were highly impacted by the pandemic and have been a priority in our learning recovery initiatives,” Kay-Wyatt said in a release. “We know there is still much work to be done as we continue to implement best instructional practices as we accelerate learning and focus on our students’ social, emotional and academic learning.”

Additional information on pass rate results is available online.

“These results are a welcome sign that the hard work our staff and students are doing is showing results,” said Kay-Wyatt. “I am proud of our students and commend our staff for all of their efforts and their continued commitment to advancing academic excellence for all students.”