The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools describe student learning and achievement expectations in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education. These standards represent a broad consensus of what parents, classroom teachers, school administrators, academics, and business and community leaders believe schools should teach and students should learn.
Annual assessments – including SOL tests, the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP), Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) and Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP) – provide information on individual student achievement including those with special needs.
Test results also provide critical data for schools, school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education to develop and implement effective instructional strategies, and information to determine school accreditation and federal accountability.
Students with disabilities are guaranteed a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment through the federal Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires parents and school personnel to work together to provide appropriate educational services outlined in an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Students have many options for earning a high school diploma and opportunities ways to maximize course selections.
Virginia's Standards of Learning accountability program includes a commitment to informing the public of the progress of schools in raising student achievement and enhancing the learning environment. Online report cards for schools, school divisions and the commonwealth include data on student achievement by grade, subject and student subgroup and information on other indicators of school quality.
School, division and state online report cards – Online report cards provide detailed information on student achievement by subject and grade level. Report cards also provide data on other key indicators of school quality. Also, seeSupplemental Information on the School Division Instructional Percentage Reporting Requirement (PDF) for new mandated information on the school division report cards.
Customized student achievement reports – online data tool to create customized reports.
Archived assessment results – Prior to 2006, spring testing results for English, mathematics, history/social science and science for grades 3, 5, and 8, as well as for end-of-course tests were reported.