Reading and Math SOL Test Outcomes in Virginia

Sam Powers, Michele Claibourn, Beth Mitchell, Nina Schoonover, Asha Muralidharan, and Samantha Toet

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We use Virginia Department of Education data on the Commonwealth's Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments to visually illuminate the significant gaps in reading and math pass rates -- between Black students as compared to their White peers, between economically disadvantaged students as compared to their more fortunate classmates, and between Hispanic students as compared to their non-Hispanic peers. Research shows that lack of reading and math proficiency have long-lasting impacts on future educational attainment, future earnings, and more. We seek to make this data easier to use for explorative purposes, as a call to action, and hopefully, as a manner by which localities can track progress in eliminating these gaps, and working towards the goal of reading and math proficiency for ALL students.

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