SOL Testing Schedule, 2017-2018
Students in grades 3-6 in our school will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests from May 7th to June 1st. It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. To help your child to perform at his or her best, ensure he or she has had a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast and comes to school with a positive attitude.
The Virginia Board of Education is now allowing elementary school students who fail SOL tests by a narrow margin (scoring between a 375 and 399) to be retested before the end of the year provided parental permission is obtained. In grades 3-6, a student’s performance on the SOL does not impact the student’s grade in the class, nor their academic record. If your child falls in this range, staff members from Floris will be contacting you to see if you believe your student would benefit from a second opportunity to demonstrate proficiency before the end of the school year.
What are the SOLs? Each year, there are annual assessments, commonly known as SOL tests, to provide information on individual student achievement including those with special needs in grades 3-12 in the subjects of math, English, social studies, and science. Not every student in every grade will take every test. In 3-6, the tests will vary by grade.
How can I help my child with the SOLs? The best thing to do with your child is to prepare them for the testing days in a few simple ways:
· Encourage them to be relaxed and calm
· Have a positive attitude yourself
· Ensure they have a good night's sleep and healthy breakfast
· Be on time to school
· Try to avoid appointments that can be rescheduled for check-ups
· Help students remember important items - glasses, medications
· Let them wear comfortable, familiar clothes