SOL Testing Information

2020-21 SOL Testing

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 administer SOLs on Mondays 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.  

SOL Testing at McLean

SOL tests will take place at McLean HS on the dates listed below:

  • Reading SOL (11th grade students):  Monday, May 3rd 
  • Science SOLs (9th grade students and transfers):  Week of May 10th
  • Math SOLs (9th grade students and transfers):  Week of May 17th
  • There are no Social Studies SOLs this year.  Students in Social Studies courses will be completing a classroom Project Based Assessment (PBA) to earn the required verified credits.   If you have questions regarding the Social Studies PBA, please reach out to your student's World History 1, World History 2 or United States History teacher. 

Students are asked to report to school at 8:15 for SOL tests.  Student testing schedules (including specific test dates and testing room assignments) have been emailed to student FCPS Gmail accounts.

Laptop/Technology Information:

  • Students will be taking the SOL on their FCPS Laptop.  Students CANNOT take the test on a personal device.  All students will need to bring their FULLY CHARGED FCPS laptop and charger to school for SOL testing.
  • ACTION ITEM: Students also need to prepare their laptop for testing.  They should update their computer by doing a proper restart every day.  Students should also verify they have the correct version of TestNav installed.  To do this, students should follow the TestNav Installation Directions.  Students will not be able to take the SOL on their laptop if they do not have the most recent version of TestNav installed (1.9.7).  If students have any issues with their FCPS laptop, they should reach out to Mr. Stagliano at @email before testing.

What to Bring:

  • A mask
  • FULLY CHARGED FCPS laptop and charger
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Graphing calculator (if applicable)
  • Snack/drink (not required, but are permitted)

Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks:

  • Grab and Go breakfast and lunch will be available to all students.  Students may bring their own snacks/water bottle; however, students are not permitted to eat/drink while in the testing room. 

Additional SOL Testing Information 

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. 

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 verified credits please contact your student’s school counselor, if you have questions about SOL testing, please contact Sara Wheeler (sewheeler@fcps.edu

  • 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. 

 

Content Area

Mathematics

Science

English

Social Studies*

Test

Algebra 1

Algebra 2

Geometry

Biology

Chemistry

Earth Science

Reading

Virginia and U.S. History 

World History 1

World History 2

 

 * 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.