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.
The Commonwealth 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.
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:
SOL testing occurs in late May for all students, as well as at the end of fall Semester for high school SOL-tested courses. The test may cover all standards listed on the current blueprint for your student's grade level.
Writing tests are given to students in 8th grade in the spring only.
SOL 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 it towards graduation (high school).
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.
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 required for the SOL tests are implemented within the school and for maintaining the security of test materials.Critzer Elementary: Nancy Dillon- firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Elementary: Elizabeth Webb - email@example.com
Pulaski Elementary: Michael Price - firstname.lastname@example.org
Riverlawn Elementary: Kim Sink - email@example.com
Snowville Elementary: Amy Shrewsbury - firstname.lastname@example.org
Pulaski County Middle School: Anthony Viers, email@example.com
Pulaski County High School: Hilda Taylor - firstname.lastname@example.org
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 TestingStandards of Learning
Standards of Learning Released items:
VDOE releases sample sets of SOL tests that were administered during the previous spring test administration. Released tests and items are not inclusive of all assessments administered 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:
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 offered in English only; administration of the tests in other languages is not permitted.