Spring SOL Testing (April-June 2021)
Across Virginia this spring, high school students will be taking Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course (EOC) tests. Federal and state education departments have decided not to cancel assessments. A Frequently Asked Questions webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/43148) provides more information about SOL EOC tests in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
In FCPS, high school non-writing SOL tests will be scheduled between April 12 and June 4, 2021. All SOL tests are taken in-person at school. SOL tests are not available for remote delivery from home. Our staff will schedule specific SOL testing dates for your student.
- For students attending school virtually, we will schedule testing appointments when your student will come to school to complete their SOL assessments.
- For students attending school in-person, testing is typically administered when students are scheduled to be in the building, however it may be necessary to schedule a testing appointment on a day when your student is not normally in the building. For example, certain tests may need to be scheduled on a Monday.
- Bus transportation will be provided for all SOL testing appointments, as needed. By April 9, please complete this OHS SOL Testing Intent Form. Contact Assessment Coach, Molly Brady, @email, if you need help accessing or completing the form.
Form Link: https://forms.gle/CdvWud5M5vYxUAMU9
If you do not want your student to take SOL tests at school this spring, you have the right to defer or refuse testing. However, any decision to defer or refuse SOL tests should be made in consultation with school staff to allow full consideration of any potential implications for on-time graduation. The Right to Refuse Assessments webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/node/34277) offers important information as you consider this decision. If you believe you may wish to defer or refuse one or more SOL tests this spring, please fill out that option in the OHS SOL Testing Intent Form.
The table below shows the SOL EOC non-writing tests available this spring for federal participation and/or verified credit. If you have questions about SOL testing, please contact your student’s school counselor or the assessment coach/school test coordinator at our school. Testing dates have been included for parents to use for planning purposes. Notice that the tests have date ranges—specific dates and locations of testing will be sent to students through their FCPS email accounts. These dates and locations will be based on social distancing guidelines and FCPS testing safety protocols.
- Federal law requires schools to provide students one SOL test in reading, mathematics, and science while they are in grades 9-12. The tests provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. Scores are available for families no later than the start of the next school year.
- Additionally, state law requires students to verify credit for high school courses in order to fulfill graduation requirements for a standard or advanced studies diploma. For additional information regarding graduation requirements see the Graduation Requirements and Course Planning webpage (https://www.fcps.edu/academics/graduation-requirements-and-course-planning). SOL tests are the most common way students earn the verified credits they need. SOL tests are designed to measure what students have learned of the content and skills detailed in the Virginia Standards of Learning.
OHS Testing Schedule for 9th - 11th Graders
Seniors in Need of Testing will
begin testing April 12.
To be assessed in class
Or by appointment if necessary*
* Social studies SOL tests are only available for students with prior course credit who still need a test for verified credit and for students taking the social studies course through Edmentum or Multi-Agency Services. FCPS has adopted temporary state flexibility allowing the division to verify credit based on classroom performance assessment in place of the SOL test for all other students currently taking a social studies course.
March SOL Testing
Writing SOL--Juniors in English 11, English 11 HN, and Select AP LANG Students
The Writing SOL window will take place during the week of March 1, 2021 this year for juniors enrolled in English 11, English 11 HN, and AP LANG (AP LANG by sign up as the AP Exam can be used as a substitute test for the Writing SOL if a student obtains a score of 2 or higher on the exam). Testing must take place in-person at Oakton High School. Due to social distancing guidelines, students will be brought into the building by specified groups and on a special schedule. Students who will be taking SOLs will be notified through their fcpsschools.net email of their specific testing schedules.
Parents and Guardians were emailed information about the Writing SOL and the OHS SOL Writing Test Parental Form, which addresses information regarding decisions for one-day or two-day testing, testing deferral, transportation for testing, and more. If you need access to the form, please email @email or with any other questions you may have regarding Writing SOL testing for current English 11 and 11 HN students.
Testing must be done on students' FCPS-issued laptops. If a student is experiencing issues with an FCPS-issued laptop, please reach out to IT as soon as possible. In the meantime, students participating in SOL testing will need to install the latest update of Test Nav to FCPS-issued laptops so that testers can access Pearson, the SOL testing platform.
Please use the following instructions: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1SnrhhqK3exLp7Z1bGcdVS7ckGMVnvZbu/view?pli=1
Parent FAQ’s: SOL Testing
Q: What should my child bring to school specifically for testing?
A: Students should bring a pencil, their FCPSOn Computer, and charger to testing. Students should not bring personal computers, as they cannot be used for SOL testing. They are permitted a water bottle, sweater, or jacket as well. For math and science related tests, they are allowed to bring a calculator, but for the math SOLs, there is an online version of the DESMOS calculator accompanying the tests.
Q: What time of day do SOLs begin?
A: Student testing letters will specify testing times for students, which will be sent out at least two weeks prior to testing.
Q: How long are the SOLs?
A: SOL tests are untimed, and a student has the school day to complete the exam. Some of the longer tests like the reading, math, or science SOLs take around 90-120 minutes.
Q: Which classes have SOLs?
A: At the high school level, there are 10 End of Course classes that have SOLs.
- English 11 and AP LANG: Writing and Reading
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Geosystems: Earth Science
- World History I
- World History II
- United States and Virginia History (US/VA)
Q: What content is covered on the SOL exam?
A: Visit the VDOE to for resources like updated standards, practice tests, and materials. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/index.shtml
Q: When are make-up tests?
A: We must pull students who missed an SOL test into make-up testing within the primary SOL attempt window. If you know that your child will be absent from testing in advance, contact your child’s SOL teacher and Molly Brady at @email for make-up options.
Q: What happens if my child does not pass an SOL?
A: The passing score range is 400-600. Normally, if a student scores within a range of 375-399, he or she will be permitted to retake the SOL after remediating with a teacher. However, this year, students can earn an emergency locally awarded verified credit if they score in the 350-399 range with one attempt. Parents who wish for their students who score in the 350-399 range must request a second attempt.
Q: What SOLs does my child need, depending on his or her diploma type and ninth grade entry date?
A: You can follow this link to the requirements for the standard and advanced studies diplomas regarding verified credits for students who entered ninth grade for the first time in 2016-17 and 2017-2018.
You can follow this link to the requirements for the standard and advanced studies diplomas regarding verified credits for students who enter the ninth grade for the first time in 2018-2019 and beyond.
Changes for High School SOL Testing
This spring, students in Virginia high schools will take fewer Standards of Learning (SOL) tests than in the past as a result in changes from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). Students who are enrolled in a high school SOL course are now only required to take the SOL test if they need the assessment to fulfill:
- Federal participation requirements (one SOL test for mathematics, reading, and biology taken during grades 9-12); and/or
- Content area verified credit requirements for graduation, based on the student’s ninth grade entry year and the diploma type the student is pursuing.
All students who entered high school in 2017-18 or prior are required to earn one (1) “student-selected” verified credit beyond those needed for specific content areas. The number of assessments students have available as options for student-selected tests each year depends on their current course enrollment and what verified credits they have already earned from previous courses. During course registration, counselors discussed student-selected SOL options with affected students. In the coming weeks, you will receive your student’s testing plan for this spring, including student-selected SOL tests, and how you can be involved in testing decisions. When you receive this plan, you are encouraged to talk with your student about their upcoming tests. You can find additional information on student-selected tests at this webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/node/37589. If you have questions or concerns about testing plans, please contact your student’s school counselor. For questions about SOL testing changes from the VDOE, you may contact our Assessment Coach, Ms. Molly Brady, at @email.
SOL Season - Personal Electronic Devices are Prohibited
As SOL season is approaching, we want to remind families that electronic personal devices of any kind (phones, watches, etc.) are prohibited inside the SOL testing environment. Please be aware that any personal devices carried into the testing environment will be subject to the school’s established procedures for addressing this as a test security concern. In past instances, a student’s access to a personal device in the testing environment has been identified as attempted cheating; please don’t let this happen to you! Let’s work together to create a positive and safe testing environment for everyone.
Standards of Learning Test Schedules for Students Observing Ramadan
This year, the main Standards of Learning (SOL) testing window has significant overlaps with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting. The SOL testing window begins for high schools on Monday, April 26. All schools must complete SOL first attempts by Friday, May 22. Ramadan begins the evening of Monday, April 12, and ends in the evening of Wednesday, May 12.
FCPS welcomes and encourages engagement with parents and guardians of students affected by this overlap. School staff will work with parents and guardians to make schedule adjustments or determine how best to address students’ needs. For example, it may be possible to schedule testing early in the day when energy levels are likely to be highest.
If you have a child in an SOL grade-level who will be fasting to observe Ramadan this year, notify your child's school counselor and our Assessment Coach, Ms. Molly Brady, at @email to take advantage of possible scheduling options.