Fauquier County's most recent standardized test scores for its students climbed in math, but dropped in reading and science, mirroring a state trend.
The drop in test scores comes from new, tougher exams, according to a release from the Virginia Department of Education. The state board of education adopted the tougher tests in 2010. The 2012-2013 school year was the first in which those tests were taught.
Between the 2011-2012 school year and the 2012-2013 year, the High school English reading pass rate for Fauquier Schools dropped six percentage points from 94 to 89. Third-grade reading tests showed a steeper decline, falling from 85 to 70 percent in Fauquier schools.
Mary Wills, the county's supervisor of assessment and testing, said teachers anticipated the drop in pass rates. The same thing happened two years ago when Virginia raised the bar for math SOL exams. As teachers and students have adjusted to the more rigorous tests, scores have generally improved in the intervening years.
The trends match those throughout the state. Overall, Virginia reported gains from one to seven percent in SOL pass rates in math classes.
"The higher pass rates achieved by students in many rural, urban and suburban divisions suggest that the state board has not put the bar out of reach," said David Foster, president of the state board of education in a release. "I believe we would be selling our students short if we were to retreat by weakening the SOL program."
See Wednesday's edition of the Fauquier Times
for more in-depth coverage of the county's SOL scores.
Fauquier SOL Scores 2012 2013