Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Testing

  • May a parent exempt his/her child from the Standards of Learning assessments?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 9/13/2018

    All students enrolled in Virginia public schools are expected to take the applicable state tests. The Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia state:

    “In kindergarten through eighth grade, where the administration of Virginia assessment program tests are required by the Board of Education, each student shall be expected to take the tests” and “each student in middle and secondary schools shall take all applicable end-of-course SOL tests following course instruction” (8VAC20-131-30).

    The Virginia regulations do not provide for what is sometimes referred to as an “opt out policy” for students regarding the Virginia assessments. However, a parent may refuse to allow his/her child to take an SOL test.

    If a parent refuses to have his/her student participate in one or more of the required Virginia assessments, the parent will need to send a letter or email stating that refusal to the school's principal.  Parents who refuse to allow their child to take the test need to be aware that their student’s state assessment score report will reflect a score of “0” for any test that is refused.

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  • When are SOL tests given?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 10/16/2017

    The SOL tests are generally administered three times a year (fall, spring, and summer).  Students in grades 3 through 8 will take their SOL tests in the spring (May and June).  A majority of high school students will take their SOL tests in the spring (May and June), but some will take SOL tests during the fall and summer.  It is contigent upon their graduation requirements.

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  • At what grade levels are students required to take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) test

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 10/16/2017

    The Virginia Board of Education requires state level assessments in grades 3 through 8 and in End-Of-Course (EOC) classes.  These state required assessments are as follows:

    Grade 3:  Reading and Math

    Grade 4: Reading, Math, and Virginia Studies

    Grade 5: Reading, Math, and Science

    Grade 6 and 7: Reading and Math

    Grade 8: Reading, Math, Science, and Civic & Economics

    ---------------------- End-of-Course (EOC) High School Level Courses----------

    Students will not necessarily need to take all of the tests below.  Only the tests required to earn a verified credit for the diploma type students are pursuing.

    • Grade 11: English Reading and Writing
    • Algebra I and II
    • Geometry
    • Earth Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • World History I and II
    • Work Geography
    • US/VA History
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  • How will I know my child's SOL test results?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 10/5/2017

    The school will send home a parent's SOL report once SOL testing is completed for that test administration (fall, spring, or summer). 

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