Department of Curriculum, Instruction & Academic Support - Testing

Testing in Pulaski County Public Schools is an on-going process throughout the instruction program. From daily testing to check for understanding, benchmark tests to provide instructional information quarterly, up to SOL testing to measure student and school progress—testing is an integral part of good instruction.

This page will provide specific information regarding the Standards of Learning (SOL) testing used for both state and federal accountability measures.

The state of Virginia through the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) maintains general up-to-date SOL information here: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/index.shtml. Additionally, many resources are available to parents and students for review of the standards and practice for the tests. See the testing resources below.

SOL Testing

Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL)
In accordance with federal mandates of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Standards of Learning testing in Virginia includes:

  • English (no writing), Math | Grade: 3
  • English (no writing), Math, Virginia Studies | Grade: 4
  • English (no writing), Math, Science | Grade: 5
  • English, Math | Grade: 6
  • English, Math | Grade: 7
  • English (including writing), Math, Social Studies, Science | Grade: 8
  • Algebra I - End of Course for students enrolled in class | Grade 8
  • End of Course - same for all students seeking Advanced or Standard Diploma | Grade: High School

    With the exception of the high school which is on 4x4 blocking, non-writing test are given in late May. The test may cover all standards listed on the current blueprint for your student's grade level. High School End of Course tests are given in December and late May each school year.

    Writing tests are given to students in 8th grade and those in high school who are enrolled in English 11. The high school tests both in the fall and in the spring. The 8th graders test in the spring only.

    These tests are used to determine your student's competency with the standards, the school's accountability under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through Federal Annual Measurable Objectives (FAMO) verified c#ca4040its towards graduation (high school).

    Assessment Administration

    The administration of Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments is a cooperative effort involving the VDOE and educators and administrators in the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions. Key division-level and school-level personnel include:

    Division Director of Testing – The Division Director of Testing (DDOT) serves as the point of contact between the school division and VDOE. The DDOT has division-wide responsibility for implementation of SOL test procedures.

    Roxanne Thompson - rnthompson@pcva.us

    School Test Coordinator – The School Test Coordinator (STC) serves as the point of contact between the DDOT and the school. The STC is also responsible for ensuring that all procedures requi#ca4040 for the SOL tests are implemented within the school and for maintaining the security of test materials.

    Critzer Elementary: Amy Williams- awilliams@pcva.us

    Dublin Elementary: Sarah Polcha - sspolcha@pcva.us

    Pulaski Elementary: Michael Price - msprice@pcva.us

    Riverlawn Elementary: Kim Sink - ksink@pcva.us

    Snowville Elementary: Amy Shrewsbury - ashrewsb@pcva.us

    Dublin Middle: Meagan Pratt, mpratt@pcva.us       |     Tabitha Vaughn - tmvaughn@pcva.us

    Pulaski Middle: Teresa Taylor, tbtaylor@pcva.us     |    Nancy Dillon, ndillon@pcva.us

    Pulaski County High School: Hilda Taylor - htaylor@pcva.us

    Test Examiner – Test examiners are responsible for administering the SOL tests according to procedures and for maintaining the security of SOL test materials.

    Teachers and various employees from each school serve as test examiners during SOL testing.

    Resources for Testing

    Standards of Learning
  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • History and Social Science

  • Standards of Learning Released items:
    VDOE releases sample sets of SOL tests that were administe#ca4040 during the previous spring test administration. Released tests and items are not inclusive of all assessments administe#ca4040 during the previous year but are representative of the content and skills assessed. Released tests and test items are available on SOL resource tables for:

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • History and Social Science

  • Standards of Learning Practice Tools
  • SOL Reading Demonstration Items
  • Electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT)

  • SOL Testing and Special Education

    All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia’s assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations. Virginia’s assessment system includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students. Students with disabilities and LEP students may take Standards of Learning tests with or without accommodations or they may be assessed through alternate or alternative assessments. The tests that comprise the Virginia Assessment Program are offe#ca4040 in English only; administration of the tests in other languages is not permitted.

  • Guidelines for Assessment Participation
  • Guidelines for Assessment Accommodation Usage
  • Guidelines for Administering a Read-Aloud Accommodation for the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments
  • Alternative Test Information

  • Miscellaneous Assessment information
  • Ancillary materials provided for certain tests
  • SOL Cut Scores Established by the Board of Education
  • Explanation for SOL Cut Scores
  • SOL Test Review Schedule
  • Student Growth Percentiles - A growth percentile expresses how much progress a student has made in either reading or mathematics relative to the progress of students whose achievement was similar on previous assessments. In fall 2011, VDOE will report growth percentiles for students who participate in SOL testing for reading and mathematics in grades 4-8 and Algebra I through grade 9. These student-level reports will be available to administrators and to teachers as authorized locally.

    Click here for more information about student growth percentiles.

  • New Testing Initiatives

    Overview of newest initiatives
  • Click here to read the Superintendent’s Memo #282-14 for an overview of Virginia’s newest initiatives in the testing programs.

    Computer Assisted Testing
  • Click here for a video explaining the basics of computer assisted testing.
  • Click here for a video explaining how this process works.

    Technology Enhanced Questions
  • Click here to see Educators and VDOE on the new standards and assessments.
  • Click here for a technology enhanced demonstration.