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This section provides links to the Standards of Learning (SOL) and SOL Enhanced Scope and Sequence lessons as well as additional resources from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website and other sources.
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Description: Crosswalk documents for the approved 2016 Mathematics Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework are now available for each grade level and course. The Crosswalks provide a summary of revisions including the additions, deletions, and edits. It provides educators the opportunity to review the 2009 Mathematics SOL alongside the newly adopted 2016 Mathematics SOL. 
Title: eMediaVA
Description: Access more than one hundred thousand free, innovative, SOL-aligned learning objects and content for your classroom. Inspire Your Students and Make Learning Fun eMediaVA is Virginia's premier online destination for high-quality, credible content to inspire your students and enrich learning in your classroom. Join the state's online virtual community of educators to learn, share and collaborate on best practices. Virginia Department of Education eMediaVA is also available to all VADOE staff free...
Description: Virginia schools administer alternative and alternate assessments to measure the achievement and progress of students with special needs. Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) The Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) is designed to evaluate the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities who are working on academic standards that have been reduced in complexity and depth.Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA)Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA) Reading...
Description: All students in tested grade levels and courses are expected to participate in Virginia’s assessment program, unless specifically exempted by state or federal law or by Board of Education regulations. Virginia’s assessment system includes students with disabilities and limited English proficient (LEP) students. Students with disabilities and LEP students may take Standards of Learning tests with or without accommodations or they may be assessed through alternate or alternative...
Description: Q. How do I know if my child needs additional help in school? A. Your child’s school uses a variety of methods to determine if your child needs additional help. Your child may need additional help if he or she: Is performing poorly in school Has been absent from school a significant number of days Is reading below grade level Fails to achieve a passing score on SOL tests Q. My child is having difficulty in school. Is there help my child can receive? A. Your child’s teacher or...
Description: It is the intent of the Commonwealth of Virginia to include all students with disabilities in the assessment component of Virginia's accountability system. IDEA 2004 regulations require that all students with disabilities participate in the state's accountability system. Students with disabilities may participate in the Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, Virginia Grade Level Alternative (VGLA), Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP), and Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)....
Description: The SOLs are intended to provide students with skills and understanding to improve, sustain and promote personal, family and community health. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: The SOLs are intended to provide students with the necessary knowledge, processes and skills to become physically educated and fit for a lifetime. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: Although there is no applicable SOL test associated with driver education instruction, the SOLs serve as the Board of Education’s approved driver-education and traffic-safety program of instruction for public and private school programs and are intended to provide students with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of driving. Teachers can begin implementing the new standards during the 2015-2016 school year.
Description: This web site provides educators with an excellent bank of resources for the common core English/Language Arts/Literacy, Math, History/Social Studies, and Science common core literacy standards. These activities can be easily aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning.
Description: VDOE provides targeted professional development through Mathematics Institutes. Since 2009, the institutes were framed by the following five goals: students of becoming mathematical problem solvers, communicating mathematically, reasoning mathematically, making mathematical connections, and using mathematical representations to model and interpret practical situations. Resources are available from the 2014 through 2009 Mathematics Institutes.
Description: This includes resources for English, Math, Science and Social Studies as well as resources that are relevant for all content areas.
Description: Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.
Description: This Module examines some of the reasons that adolescents struggle with content-area text and overviews effective strategies teachers can use to improve the vocabulary and comprehension skills of students with a wide range of abilities and across a variety of subjects.
Description: The K-12 English Language Arts SOL Institutes focused on nonfiction and fiction reading, writing, instructional strategies for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities. All of the materials are now posted.
Description: Science Sample Activities (Item #13) are now available under the Teaching Resources section of the VAAP. They are searchable by grade or ASOL number.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is implementing numerous changes to the state assessment program in the 2014-2015 school year. Some changes are enhancements to the assessment program; others represent cost-saving measures that became necessary due to funding constraints.
Description: The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce the addition of new resources to the Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing Web site. These resources have been developed to support school divisions as they prepare for the implementation of computer adaptive testing.
Description: This document contains information on Computer Adaptive Testing, Discontinued Tests, 2014-2015 Tests for Grades 3-8, and 2014-2015 End-of-Course SOL Tests.
Description: ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly. The ReadWorks curriculum is aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning, and for other states, the Common Core standards. (Grades K-12)
Description: This first draft of the Comparison of Virginia’s 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning(SOL) with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)for Mathematics provides a side-by-side overview demonstrating how the 2009 Mathematics SOL are aligned to the CCSS. The comparison was made using Virginia’s complete standards program for supporting teaching and learning in the Commonwealth’s public schools and school divisions, including both the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning and the...
Description: The Comparison of Virginia’s 2010 English Standards of Learning (SOL) with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts and Literacy (ELAL) provides a side-by-side overview demonstrating how the 2010 English SOL are aligned to the CCSS for ELAL. The comparison was made using Virginia’s complete standards program for supporting teaching and learning in the Commonwealth’s public schools and school divisions, including both the 2010 English Standards of...
Description: Released tests are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests and are provided to assist in understanding the format of the tests and questions. Some items on the mathematics tests released in spring 2014 were replaced with items of similar content to preserve the integrity of the test item bank. In addition, test item sets rather than full released tests are being provided for History & Social Science tests in 2014 to protect these item banks. The answers to...
Description: Understand Scoring has been revised with the Virginia 2010 Standards of Learning. In this module, you will gain a greater understanding of the essay scoring process by examining sample professionally scored papers. The domains and rubrics reflect the 2010 English Writing Standards. The system covers Learn About Scoring and Anchor Papers. Practice Scoring for practice sets and verification sets are now available.
Description: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.
Description: The virtual astronomy course is aligned with the Commonwealth’s Science Standards of Learning (SOL) and may be used as a stand-alone minicourse or as a supplement to full-year courses in earth science, physics, or astronomy. The course is optimized for delivery on iPad and is available at no cost via Virginia on iTunes U. The virtual astronomy course may be used to satisfy a state diploma requirement (effective with this year’s first-time freshmen) that students complete at least one virtual...
Description: Whether you're a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. Learning proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies are a vital part of improving your grade on exams as well as your academic success.
Description: Presentations and handouts from the 2013 English SOL Institutes are now available online. Focus areas are vocabulary, nonfiction reading, persuasive writing, and research using primary sources.
Description: Rigorous teacher-developed course units cover all aspects of civic education from voting to service learning to the legislative process and more! Many lesson plans include PowerPoint presentations. Elementary resources include a resources guide, morning meeting lesson plans, mini-modules and a dramatic reading of the Constitutional Convention. Sign up now to access all of Youth Leadership Initiative’s FREE lesson plan resources.
Description: The Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports (VTSS) is a framework and philosophy that provides resources and support to help every student to be successful in academics and behavior. It begins with systemic change at the division, school and classroom level that utilizes evidence-based, system-wide practices to provide a quick response to academic and behavioral needs. These practices include frequent progress-monitoring that enable educators to make sound, data-based instructional decisions for...
Description: The Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) is intended for students with disabilities who are being instructed in grade level content but are not likely to achieve proficiency in the same time frame as their non-disabled peers. In the VMAST assessments, research-based supports and simplifications identified by Virginia educators have been applied to existing online reading and mathematics items to make them more accessible for students with disabilities. During the 2013-2014 school...
Description: ASOL Writing Sample Activities are available under VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: ASOL Reading Sample Activities are available on the VA Assessments> VAAP > Teaching Process.
Description: This contains a listing of the reading products available from Don Johnston.
Description: This document (dated September 13, 2013) is based on comments provided to frequently asked questions received by the Virginia Department of Education regarding the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. The comments are organized by content strand or course. In support of the implementation of the standards, teachers are encouraged to review comments not only from their specific grade level or course standards, but rather review the document in its entirety to gain information that can directly...
Description: The Board of Education has approved a number of substitute tests that students may take to earn verified credits toward graduation.
Description: As a result of several inquiries from school divisions and parents regarding student participation in SOL assessments, information is provided in Superintendent's Memo #142-13. All students enrolled in the Virginia public schools are expected to take the applicable state tests.
Description: This Reading Progression Chart (PDF) identifies the grade level at which specific skills are formally introduced in the 2010 English SOL. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This section includes Mathematics Formula Sheets and the Table of Standard Normal Probabilities. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: The VMAST practice items give students the opportunity to use research-based supports and simplifications that have been applied to existing online items to make them more accessible for students with disabilities. The practice items are samples only. They do not cover all content for the grade level or course, nor do they provide examples of all item types or functionality that may be found in the field test items. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE) (Standards of Learning, SOL)
Description: The K-12 History and Social Science SOL Institutes provided training that focused on deepening participants’ understanding and application of the rigorous practices and critical reasoning skills embedded in each history and social science standard. The Institutes used primary sources to provide participants with examples of how effective history and social science instruction may be enhanced for students in each course range and how teachers can improve student achievement in content areas of...
Description: Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) releases sample sets of Standards of Learning (SOL) tests that were administered to Virginia public school students during the previous spring test administration. The released tests are not inclusive of all SOL tests administered during the previous year; however, the tests are representative of the content and skills assessed.
Description: This technical assistance document provides some basic rules for determining significant digits and using significant digits in calculations. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE), Science
Description: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade...
Description: Statewide results on the spring 2014 SOL mathematics tests were analyzed to determine specific content that may have challenged students. The presentations below provide examples of SOL content identified by this analysis. Sample items are provided to further clarify the skills and knowledge included. However, these items are not SOL test items and are not meant to mimic questions used on the SOL tests. Instead, they are intended to provide mathematics educators with further insight into the...
Description: This lists the calculator model types that are allowed for each grade level. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: The algebraic properties listed apply given a, b, and c are real numbers. This is not an exhaustive list algebraic properties. (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)
Description: This includes: text of the Constitution of Virginia, Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States of America with Amendments and the Virginia Charters.
Description: This is te Periodic Table of the Elements for Assessments Based on the 2010 Chemistry Standards of Learning (SOL). (Science)