Spring SOL Testing


State assessments measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills reflected in state standards.  The format for state assessments vary by grade level and content area.  These include:

  • Standards of Learning (SOL) standardized tests in reading, mathematics, and science; More information can be found on the SOL assessments webpage.
  • Local alternative assessments (LAAs) including performance-based assessments (PBAs) completed as part of classroom instruction throughout the school year for science, writing, and social studies;  More information can be found on the LAA and PBA webpage.

Both SOL tests and LAAs provide information about student achievement, and student results are shared with families.  Reporting methods and timing vary based on the assessment format for the grade level and content area, as noted in the table below.

Below is the general schedule for SOL testing at Cooper.  Students will receive an email with their specific test date, time, and location in the days leading up to the test.

  • May 4th - Reading 8
  • May 6th - Reading 7
  • May 10th - Math (8th graders)
  • May 12th - Math (7th graders)
  • May 16th - Science 8 

Please notify your child’s teacher if you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in missing an SOL test day.  If you have questions about state assessments, please contact your child’s teacher or the school test coordinator (Courtney Derr @email). 


1 Standardized SOL test; score report letters posted in the Student Information System (SIS) ParentVUE in summer

2 LAA format; performance shared as part of ongoing feedback and incorporated into quarterly progress reports

Parent Permission to Retest Form

The Virginia Board of Education allows elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests by a narrow margin to retake the test before the end of the school year.  Retesting is available when a student fails their first attempt with a score of 375-299 (where 400 is passing).

Parent permission is required for any retests in grades 3-8.  If your child qualifies for a retake, the school test coordinator or counselor will reach out to parents directly for permission and the date the retake is being offered.  A decision not to allow retesting will not impact your student’s course grade or academic record.

For any questions, please contact Cooper’s School Test Coordinator, Courtney Derr at @email