Spring SOL Testing Window

April 16, 2018

NOTIFICATION OF TESTING SOL Non-Writing Assessments

Students at Cooper MS will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests between Tuesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 24th. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. It is also important that your child has a good night’s rest and a healthy breakfast before testing.

The Virginia Department of Education requires students in grades 3-8 across the state to take the SOL tests. SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills detailed in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Content areas that will be tested are shown for each grade level below.

Grade 7: Reading and Mathematics

Grade 8: Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Economics

Closer to the testing dates noted above, information about the exact days scheduled for each test will be given to your child by your child’s teacher and will be posted on the Cooper Website. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify your child’s teacher as soon as possible.

The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state. In most cases, test scores are available for parents at the end of the school year. More information about how and when parents will receive their children’s scores will be shared closer to these dates.

If you have questions about these state assessments, please contact your child’s teacher or the School Test Coordinators, Heather Dorman (hldorman@fcps.edu) and Dana Scabis (djscabis@fcps.edu).

Electronic Device Reminder

Reminder to parents and students:  Remember that no electronics – cell phones, fitness trackers, iPads/laptops, eReaders, iPods/MP3 players, cameras, calculators, etc. are permitted in the testing rooms. If your child is caught with an electronic device in his/her possession after SOL testing has begun, it will be considered cheating and he/she will receive a zero on that SOL.

The Virginia Board of Education allows certain elementary and middle school students who fail Standards of Learning (SOL) tests on their first attempt to retake the test before the end of the school year. Retesting is available before the end of the school year when a student failed his or her first test attempt by a narrow margin (score of 375-399, with a score of 400 needed to pass).

Parent permission is required for any retesting of the grade level tests listed below. If you believe that your child would benefit from receiving a second opportunity before the end of the school year to demonstrate his or her knowledge and skills on the SOL test, please complete this permission form and return it to your child’s school. A decision not to retest will not in any way impact your child’s course grade or academic record.

You will be notified via email if your child is eligible for an expedited retake opportunity.  The email will contain a permission form and information on the remediation process and the date/time of the retake.

Ramadan Holiday Considerations for the Spring SOL Non-Writing Testing Window

This spring, the SOL non-writing window will overlap with Ramadan, the Muslim holy month marked by daily fasting from sunrise to sunset.

  • Ramadan begins the evening of Tuesday, May 15, and ends the evening of Thursday, June 14
  • SOL non-writing window begins Monday, May 7; make-up testing ends on Friday, June 1; additional expedited retakes end on Friday, June 8

Students who will be observing Ramadan may be given the option to

  • Test at the beginning of the spring SOL window (May 7-15) to avoid testing during the holiday.     OR
  • Test in the morning on a day when they are fasting.

Parents or guardians should contact Heather Dorman (hldorman@fcps.edu) and Dana Scabis (djscabis@fcps.edu) by April 27th to request that their children’s tests be rescheduled due to the holiday.