Standards of Learning (SOL) and Testing
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science measure the success of students in meeting the Board of Education's expectations for learning and achievement. All items on SOL tests are reviewed by Virginia classroom teachers for accuracy and fairness and teachers also assist the state Board of Education in setting proficiency standards for the tests.
Frequently Asked Questions about SOL Testing
This document from the Virginia Department of Education Includes information on reduction in the number of tests, computer adaptive testing and other changes in the state assessment system.
Standards of Learning currently in effect are listed on the Virginia Department of Education website.
September 14, 2016: More Newport News schools earn accreditation
August 16, 2016: Newport News students progress on all SOL tests
August 11, 2015: Newport News students make notable gains on SOL tests
Sept. 30, 2015: NNPS graduation rate reaches all-time high
View SOL Pass Rates on Virginia School Quality Profiles from VDOE: