VA Assembly agree to fewer SOL tests for grades 3-8

The House and Senate agreed to reduce the number of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests required under legislation on Saturday, March 8. Future testing would focus on reading and math but the school board would have to certify that students were given an alternative assessment in the subject areas that would no longer require an SOL.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, an SOL Innovation Committee would be created to continually review and make recommendations regarding the state’s assessment system.

In addition, the A-F grading scale that rates schools would be postponed for 2 years until Oct. 1, 2016. The Virginia Board of Education must “decide in consultation with the education committees, whether to assign a single letter grade to each school or a series of letter grades based on multiple factors, such as the standards of accreditation, alternative assessment, student mobility and per pupil funding.”

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