As predicted, students across the state struggled with new math tests featuring more challenging content, according to results released this morning.
The data from the Virginia Department of Education shows students' performance during the 2011-12 school year on Standards of Learning tests in various subjects, including math. On the math tests, students adjusted to higher expectations and an emphasis on technology.
On the low end, 58 percent of students statewide passed grade seven math tests. Algebra I performance came out on top, with 75 percent of students passing across the state.
“While we have a long climb before we reach the achievement levels we hope to see on the new mathematics tests, the results released today represent a good start and provide a solid foundation for further progress in 2012-2013,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia Wright said in a news release.