Notification of Testing for SOL Courses

September 10, 2018

Notification of Testing for SOL EOC Assessments

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Your child may be taking one or more Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) Tests during the 2018-2019 school year. Most of these tests will be given in the spring. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child have a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s school as soon as possible.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents by the end of the school year. More information about how and when you will receive your child’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.

Under Virginia law, SOL EOC tests are available in the following high school courses:

  • Algebra 1
  • Algebra 2
  • Geometry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English 11 (or equivalent)*
  • Virginia and United States History
  • World History 1
  • World History 2

*The English 11 SOL test consists of two components: multiple choice and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, both components must be completed.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires high school students enrolled in these courses to take the EOC test if the student needs a verified credit for graduation or if the student has not yet met federal testing requirements (1 Math, 1 Reading, and 1 Biology SOL attempt taken during grades 9-12).  Students who have met the testing requirements for graduation and federal accountability are not allowed to test.

The Virginia Board of Education has approved various “substitute” tests and set the minimum score that must be achieved for the purpose of awarding verified credit to students. For more information about substitute tests, please contact your child’s counselor. Please note that substitute tests do not fulfill the federal testing requirements outlined above.

If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your child’s counselor or Kim Nelson, West Springfield High School Assessment Coach, at ksnelson@fcps.edu or 703-913-3812.