History of SLLA in Virginia

The scaled score that a candidate can receive on the SLLA ranges from a low of 100 points to a high of 200 points. As of 2004, of the states requiring a passing score, the average passing score is 157. Virginia requires a passing score of 165.


ULLC participants exceeded the state pass rate by 11-25% annually.

  • 2005 87.5% pass rate Average score 174.2
  • 2006 95.2% pass rate Average score 180.8
  • 2007 100% pass rate Average score
  • 2008 97% pass rate Average score

Across the nation there are rays of hope:

Schools that prove that city schools and their students can be successful. The Urban Learning and Leadership Center helps other schools learn the real-world lessons behind these successes and put them to work for their students. No Child Left Behind is raising the stake for all schools. The law zeroes in on the very student groups many cities serve – disadvantaged, minority, limited English proficiency and special education students. The requirement that all subgroups make progress toward proficiency – and the threat of sanctions if they don’t – will hit urban schools especially hard.