Historically, federal and state legislation has required yearly Standards of Learning (SOL) testing in grades 3-8 for reading and math. Beginning this year, the Virginia Assessment Program requires schools to administer reading and math SOL tests in both the fall and spring to assess student growth over the course of the school year. Additional tests are administered for fourth-grade history, fifth-grade science and eighth-grade writing, history and science. End-of-course tests are traditionally administered to students enrolled in any high school credit course for which there is an associated SOL test, if needed to satisfy state or federal requirements. English 11 students will test in reading, and English 10 students will test in writing.
Students enrolled in Virginia public schools are expected to take the applicable state tests. The Virginia regulations do provide for what is sometimes referred to as an opt-out policy. If parents refuse to have their student participate in one or more of the required Virginia assessments, they should be aware that their student’s state assessment score report will reflect a score of 0 for any test that is refused.
Student graduation requirements are different based on a student’s year of high school entry. Your school counselor is a valuable resource in explaining the exact graduation requirements for your student. A high school testing quick guide can be found at mychesterfieldschools.com.