SOLs Begin This Week: View the Schedule and Get Tips for Readying Mind and Body

Standards of Learning (SOL) testing begins this week! Over the past few weeks, schools have been engaging in activities to help students feel prepared. Some schools have held pep rallies, SOL spirit week celebrations and yoga sessions. Others have held study sessions and group activities for kids who may want or need additional support.

T.C. Williams had a stellar showing in the Virginia SOL Math Cup, taking second place in the contest, which took place over twenty-eight days and involved 20,421 math hours, 37,782 math lessons and over 1.7 million complex math problems completed.

A sixth-grade class at George Washington Middle School and a fourth grade class at Samuel Tucker Elementary School each won a pizza party in a random drawing of classes who spent at least 10 hours working on the contest outside of the school day. Way to go!

Tips for Students and Parents

Just as important as getting the mind ready, is ensuring that the body is ready, too. Remind your child to:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat a protein-rich breakfast
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Arrive at school on time

About the SOLs

The SOL assessments provide schools, parents and students with valuable information about the student’s content area knowledge as measured by that assessment; however, they are but a single measure. ACPS values the full range of competencies, academic growth and social/emotional growth displayed by students daily and throughout the school year.

Testing Schedule

Students in grades 3-12 at all ACPS schools will take the SOL Non-Writing tests by Friday, June 8. The SOL Non-Writing tests cover the general content areas of reading, mathematics, history/social studies and science. A student’s current grade level or course selection determines which SOL Non-Writing tests he or she will take.

See the 2017-18 Standardized Testing Schedule for test dates and to see what content area tests your child will take.

Students taking Grade 3-8 SOL assessments who fail with a score of 375-399, have a passing grade in the course and have written parental consent, will have the opportunity to retake the SOL before the end of the school year. Additional information and parental consent forms for retakes were distributed to parents by schools.

No Electronic Devices During Testing

In accordance with ACPS and Virginia Department of Education testing regulations, students are not permitted to access cell phones or other personal electronic devices during testing and should make arrangements to secure them appropriately. Students will receive this same reminder on the day of testing. Accessing a cell phone or other personal electronic device during testing is a violation of testing regulations.

Learn more about testing at ACPS.

Enjoy this oldie, but goodie from Douglas MacArthur Elementary School from last year!

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