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Virginia Math Scores Tumble

State releases results on tougher standardized exam



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    Virginia students appear to have a tough time with the state's new math tests.  Scores from the Standards of Learning exam dropped drastically this year.

    The pass rate for the 2011-2012 school year fell across the board.

    More than 90 percent of third-graders passed the SOL last year. This year it dropped to 64 percent.

    Fifth-graders went from almost 90 percent pass rate to 67 percent.

    Virginia's eighth-graders dropped from 82 to 60 percent. It was worse in Alexandria City schools where only 22 percent of eighth-graders passed.

    The SOL exam is more difficult this year to help kids be better prepared for college.
    Pass rates for English, science and history stayed about the same.