Frequently Asked Questions about Spring SOL Testing

  • May I refuse some SOL tests, but not others this spring?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 4/15/2021

    Answer: Yes, you may.  You may decide to send your child in to take the Algebra I SOL test because he/she needs it for graduation and refuse to take the SOL grade 8 reading test. 

    At the high school level your decision to refuse becomes more complicated.  This year only, the state is allowing a student to "skip" an SOL test if he/she plans to take another SOL test next year to meet the graduation requirement.  For example, a student is enrolled in Biology and World History I this school year.  He must take the Biology because it's federally required and he needs it for his science verified credit.  In regards to the World History I, he does not have to take this year if he plans to take World History II next year to satisfy his history verified credit requirement.  

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  • May I opt my child out of SOL Tests?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 4/15/2021

    Answer:  The state of Virginia does not allow parents or students to "opt" out of testing.  However, a parent always has the right to refuse testing and not allow his/her chld to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) test.  If a parent refuses to allow his/her child to test, the child will not be penalized, retained, or have a lower grade in a course.  

    Parents of students in high school level courses must be be careful before deciding to refuse to allow his/her child to take the SOL test this spring.  The high school level SOL tests are used to meet graduation requirements.  Review with your child what SOL tests he/she needs to take and pass to meet graduation requirements before deciding to refuse or not. 

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  • If my child is in 7th or 8th grade and is taking a high school level math course with a related SOL test, does he/she have to take the test this spring.

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 4/15/2021

    Answer:  Yes, federal law requires all students in grades 3 through 8 to take a state assessment in reading and math each year.  The high school level math course in the middle school years counts as the required math assessment. 

    However, the parent has the right to refuse testing.  If a parent refuses to send their middle school child into school for the Algebra I or Geometry SOL test, the child will need to plan on taking another high school level math course in a future year to earn the verified credit for graduation. 

     

     

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  • Will my child be held back or receive a lower course grade if I refuse to allow him/her to take the SOL test?

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 4/15/2021

    Answer: No, it will not have a negative impact on a child’s grades.

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  • If my child is in middle school taking Algebra I or Geometry, may I send my child into school to only take the Algebra I or Geometry test.

    Posted by Dave Lyon on 4/15/2021

    Answer: Yes, you may refuse to allow your child to take the SOL reading test, but send him/her into school to take the Algebra I or Geometry test.

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