STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOL) INFORMATION
Students in Virginia public schools are required to participate in the Virginia Assessment Program which includes Standards of Learning (SOL) tests or related tests such as the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP). During grades 3-8 and after completion of designated high school credit courses, students in Virginia public schools are required to take SOL tests.
Below is an outline of the tests at each level:
- Grade 3 - Reading, Math
- Grade 4 - Reading, Math, VA Studies
- Grade 5 - Reading, Math, Science
- Grade 6 - Reading, Math
- Grade 7 - Reading, Math, Civics
- Grade 8 - Reading, Math, Science, Writing
- High School - English Reading, English Writing, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, VA & US History, World History II and World Geography.
VAAP: The Virginia Alternate Assessment Program is designed to evaluate the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The VAAP is available to students in grades 3-8 and students in grade 11 who are working on academic standards that have been reduced in complexity and depth. Students participating in the VAAP must compile a collection of work (COE) samples to demonstrate performance on the SOL content for which they have received instruction.
Frequently Asked Questions about SOL testing
English Language Proficiency Testing - As required in Section 1111 (b) (7) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), school divisions must annually assess the English language proficiency of all English Learners (EL) K-12 students. The ACCESS test will be administered to students during the month of January 19, 2021 through March 5, 2021. For more information, please feel free to contact Mrs. Kristine Lentz-Johnston at 540-834-2500 x 1129.
School Quality Reports - Virginia's new School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public. Report cards are available for schools, school divisions and for the commonwealth.