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.
Annual assessments – including SOL tests and alternative assessments – provide information on individual student achievement including those with special needs. For additional information on SOL testing, please contact your school's School Test Coordinator.
Building on the success of the SOL program and to better prepare students to compete in today’s global economy, more rigorous English, math and science standards and expectations are being implemented that meet national and international benchmarks for college-and-career readiness.
Online is now the primary delivery mode for all SOL assessments, although SOL tests continue to be available in paper-and-pencil format for students with a documented need. The benefits of online testing for students and schools include:
Virginia’s online assessment program is made possible by the General Assembly through Virginia’s SOL Technology Initiative, which provides funding for school divisions to secure and update hardware and infrastructure resources. During 2012-2013, more than 3 million assessments were administered online.
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To graduate with a Standard Diploma, a student must earn at least 22 standard units of credit by passing required courses and electives, and earn at least six verified credits by passing end-of-course SOL tests or other assessments approved by the Board of Education.
To graduate with an Advanced Studies Diploma, a student must earn at least 24 or 26 standard units of credit, depending on when he or she entered ninth grade, and at least nine verified units of credit.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Diploma Options