Dear Elko Families:
Virginia’s state assessment program includes the Standards of Learning Tests (SOL) for students in grades 3 – 8, and certain high school credit course. These tests are based upon the Virginia Standards of Learning. This year, SOL Tests for HCPS middle school students will be administered May 6– May 24, 2019 (including make-up testing). Expedited Retake testing will be administered May 28 – June 13, 2019. Additionally, students in high school credit courses which do not have an End of Course (EOC) SOL will take their second semester exam.
The Test Nav 8 platform will be used again this year for testing. Practice with this application can be found at https://va8.testnav.com/client/index.html. This platform offers tools for students to use as they demonstrate their knowledge on the SOL test(s). Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) will be used for all grades 6-8 Math and Reading online SOL tests, thus reducing the number of questions needed to determine the test score.
Scores on these tests will help you and your child’s school evaluate academic achievement. It is important you help your child feel comfortable and positive about taking the Standards of Learning and Henrico Assessment Tests. In preparation for testing, proper rest and nutrition are essential. Please encourage your child to get a good night’s rest before his/her testing days and to eat a nutritious breakfast the morning of each test. Since the testing will all be online, it is essential computers be brought to school every day fully charged.
Students should avoid bringing personal electronic devices (phones, watches, tablets, etc.) into an SOL testing room during an SOL test administration. Procedures related to these circumstances are described in detail in the Henrico County Public Schools Policies and Regulations (Regulation R6-08-004), which can be found at http://webapps.henrico.k12.va.us/policy/. We encourage all families and students to review these procedures prior to SOL testing.
Once the SOL testing session begins, students will not be permitted to leave the testing location until all students have finished testing, except to use the restroom or in an emergency situation. Please do not request an early dismissal for your child during a testing session. We will be testing up until 1pm and longer per individual needs.
More information about the Standards of Learning and your child’s testing schedule are available at EMS and through http://henricoschools.us/testing/. If you have questions about the federal, state or division assessment policies, please contact Cathy Durvin, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions related to your school’s testing processes and options, please contact Melissa Burnett, our school test coordinator at 804.328.4110.