SOL Test Administration & Development
The Board of Education has approved Guidelines for Local Alternative Assessments for 2014-2015.
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.
- Test Examiner – Test examiners are responsible for administering the SOL tests according to procedures and for maintaining the security of SOL test materials.
Test implementation manuals describe procedures that the DDOT and STC should follow before, during and after SOL test administration.
- Spring 2014 Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
- Spring 2014 Non-Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
- Summer 2014 Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
- Summer 2014 Non-Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
- Fall 2014 Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
- Fall 2013 Non-Writing Test Implementation Manual (PDF)
Supplement to the Writing and Non-Writing Test Implementation Manuals
The Supplement to the Test Implementation Manuals provides the information, guidance, procedures, and responsibilities the DDOT and STC must use for the management of paper/pencil testing for both the Writing and Non-Writing Standards of Learning test administrations.
The Examiner’s Manuals contain the information, guidance, procedures, and responsibilities that the Test Examiners and Proctors are required to follow in order to administer the SOL tests.
These manuals also contain the testing directions for online format tests. Paper/pencil format testing directions are found in the Supplements to the Examiner’s Manuals.
Non-Writing Examiner's Manuals
Writing Examiner’s Manuals
Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) Pilot Examiner’s Manuals
School Divisions that have received confirmation from VDOE that they will participate in one or both of the CAT Pilot tests must download the appropriate Examiner’s Manual below. The Examiner’s Manuals contain information needed by staff who will administer the CAT Pilot tests.
Supplements to the Writing and Non-Writing Examiner’s Manuals
The Supplements to the Examiner’s Manuals provide the testing directions that Test Examiners and Proctors must use for the administration of the paper/pencil Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments.
The Supplements to the Examiner’s Manuals are currently being revised and will be reposted as they become available.
- Supplement to the Writing Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the Grade 3 Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the Grades 4 & 5 Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the Grades 6, 7, & 8 Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the Content Specific History Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the End-of-Course Reading Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the End-of-Course History/Social Sciences Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the End-of-Course Mathematics Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Supplement to the End-of-Course Science Examiner’s Manual (PDF)
- Authorization to Proceed (ATP) (Word)
- Authorization to Proceed (ATP) for VAAP, VGLA & VSEP (PDF)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Pre-ATP & Post-ATP Reports (PDF)
- Post-Authorization to Proceed (ATP) Record Change Request form (XLS)
- SOL Practice Items and Practice Item Guides
- SOL Writing Practice Tool (based on 2010 English SOL)
- SOL Reading Demonstration Items (based on 2002 English SOL; presented in TestNav 7)
- Electronic Practice Assessment Tools (ePAT) (based on various SOL content; presented in TestNav 6.x)
Also see: Participation & Inclusion – includes guidelines for Read Aloud testing, limited English proficient students and students with disabilities.
The Testing Irregularity Web Application System (TIWAS) provides a method for submitting and resolving testing irregularities. Division directors of testing and school test coordinators submit information using the online system, TIWAS. Examiners should report testing irregularities immediately. Division directors of testing may resolve irregularities locally or submit irregularities to the VDOE with 24 hours of receipt of the irregularity. All irregularities involving a retest situation should be submitted to the VDOE.
- Standards of Learning Assessments Technical Report: 2011-12 Administration Cycle (PDF)
- Standards of Learning Assessments Technical Report: 2010-11 Administration Cycle (PDF)
- Standards of Learning Assessments Technical Report: 2009-10 Administration Cycle (PDF)
- Analysis of Accommodations on SOL Mathematics Tests (PDF)
- Analysis of Accommodations on SOL Reading Tests (PDF)
SOL tests are designed to assess whether students meet specific minimum expectations for learning and achievement expressed in the Standards of Learning. Tests are developed through an extensive process of review and field testing to ensure that tests are fair and of appropriate difficulty for the grade or course.
SOL Review Committees
Virginia teachers, school administrators and content specialists participate in the development of SOL assessments by serving on committees that review test items and forms to ensure that they measure student knowledge accurately and fairly.
SOL Test Blueprints
SOL test blueprints guide test developers as they write test questions and construct the assessments. They also provide information to educators, parents and students, including:
- Specific standards covered by the test
- Number of test items in each reporting category and on the total test
- Standards assigned to each reporting category
Blueprints for SOL tests are available on SOL resource tables for:
Released SOL Test 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: