Standards of Learning (SOL) Testing

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires students in grades 3-12 to take the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments each year.  Certain tests are required by all students each year, and others are required only at specific grade levels.  Additionally, with the removal of some SOL tests in recent years, the VDOE assigned the responsibility of the creation and administration of alternate, performance-based assessments on local divisions.  While these assessments are developed and administered locally, they are a requirement of the VDOE.  Virginia SOL tests are given in reading, writing, math, history, and science.  The scores from these tests determine a school’s and the division’s state accreditation and measures progress toward meeting federal targets.

SOL tests are generally given online unless a student has an identified and documented need to be assessed using paper/pencil format.  The test question format is typically multiple choice, and each test contains some technology enhanced items.  Students will receive online practice at school, but links to practice tests can be found below so that students and parents can familiarize themselves with an SOL test on their own.


Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) Information:
View the Computer Adaptive Testing FAQ (pdf)

Expedited Retake Information:
View the Expedited Retake FAQ (pdf)


SOL TESTING DATES FOR 2017-2018

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS:
May 18-June 8  (grades 3-5)

MIDDLE SCHOOLS:
March 19-23  (writing grade 8)
May 18-June 8  (non-writing grades 6-8)

HIGH SCHOOLS:
Semester 1:
October 17-18  (writing paper/pencil testing)
October 23-November 3  (writing online testing)
December 4-8  (retesters)
December 15-January 23  (non-writing testing)

Semester 2:
March 14-15  (writing paper/pencil testing)
March 19-30  (writing online testing)
May 7-11  (retesters)
May 17-June 11  (non-writing testing)


VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION (VDOE)
DIVISION OF ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING LINKS:

Accountability and VA Public Schools

Information for Students and Families

Guidelines for Participation of Students with Disabilities in VA’s Accountability System

Guidelines for Special Test Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

SOL’s Currently in Effect for VA Public Schools

SOL Released Tests

SOL Cut Scores

SOL State Approved Calculators


SOL PRACTICE LINKS:

SOL Released Online Practice Tests (ePat)

Jefferson Lab: VA State SOL Practice Tests

SOL Practice Items

Kwizopia SOL  (iTunes app – free download)


SOL ASSESSMENTS FOR 2017-2018

ELEMENTARY MIDDLE HIGH
GRADE 3
Reading
Mathematics
GRADE 6
Reading
Mathematics
Civics & Economics
END-OF-COURSE English 11 Reading English 11 Writing Algebra I
Algebra II
Geometry
World History I
World History II
VA & US History
Earth Science
Biology
Chemistry
GRADE 4
Reading
Mathematics
GRADE 7
Reading
Mathematics
GRADE 5
Reading
Mathematics
VA Studies
Science
GRADE 8
Reading
Writing
Pre-Algebra
Science

 

 


Revised 10/18/2017