SOL Testing Information

Here is our calendar with SOL testing dates for each subject and grade level: SOL Calendar - May 2021

Information for Virtual Students Testing on Mondays:
Virtual SOL Flyer in English
Virtual SOL Flyer in Spanish

If you missed our Parent Zoom nights, please view the presentations and/or watch the recording below:
Parent Zoom Night Recording (Spanish at the beginning, English presentation starts at approximately 27 minutes)
Presentation in English 
Presentation in Spanish

June Remote Testing (in English)
June Remote Testing (en Espanol)
VA Remote Student Testing Dates and Details

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our Testing Coordinator, Jenny Brown, at BrownJL@pwcs.edu.  


SOL testing updates from the county:

In response to inquiries about SOL testing, a question and answer (Q&A) document for parents has been added to the  PWCS webpage. This document addresses questions about the reasons the SOL tests are occurring, as well as the new Virginia Remote Student Progress Tests for students who are virtual only and whose parents/guardians do not want to have them come into the building to take the SOL tests.


The PWCS Communications Office sent the letter below to all PWCS families on February 16th regarding SOL testing this year. In case you missed it, please read below.  We are also attaching the SOL Family Letter in English and Spanish.   

SOL Family Letter - English
SOL Family Letter - Spanish

Dear PWCS Family:

Each school year, students across Virginia participate in Standards of Learning (SOL) tests or alternative assessments in response to federal law, state regulations, and graduation requirements. The specific test or tests that a student takes depends on their grade level and course enrollment. Earlier this school year, the United States Department of Education (USED) notified states that they are to administer summative assessments, like the SOL tests, during the 2020-2021 school year. This presents a unique challenge for PWCS and families of students who are receiving instruction virtually because SOL tests must be administered under secure, standardized testing conditions at the school and in the presence of school personnel. As such, we would like to share the following information with you about how SOL tests will be administered this spring in PWCS.  

End-of-Course SOL Writing Tests

The End-of-Course (EOC) SOL Writing test will be administered at high schools between March 1, 2021 and April 15, 2021. Students who are enrolled in English 11 or seniors who still need a verified credit in English to fulfill graduation requirements are scheduled to participate. Because the EOC SOL Writing test is an opportunity for students to earn verified credit toward graduation, families are encouraged to allow their student to participate. Due to the fact that many of our students will still be receiving instruction virtually when tests will be given, schools will be reaching out to families to coordinate testing schedules and transportation for students in need. If families decide to exclude their student from testing because they have concerns related to COVID-19, then their student’s score report will reflect that the test was refused due to COVID-19, but there will not be a negative impact on their student’s grade for the course. Although not participating may represent an impediment to a student’s ability to earn verified credit toward graduation at this time, there will still be opportunities for them to test and earn verified credit over the summer and next school year.   

End-of-Course SOL Non-Writing Tests

SOL tests that offer students the opportunity to earn verified credits in math, reading, science and social studies based on course enrollment are called End-of-Course (EOC) Non-Writing SOL tests. These tests will be administered in high schools and some middle schools between April 26, 2021 and May 21, 2021. Retakes for students who do not pass on their first attempt will be offered May 26, 2021 through June 4, 2021. Typically, these tests are administered in response to federal participation requirements or as an opportunity for students to earn verified credit toward graduation. Because of this, families are encouraged to allow their students to participate. Students that are receiving instruction in-person and are scheduled to participate will be tested on days when they are physically present in schools. Families of students who are receiving instruction 100% virtually will be contacted by their school to coordinate testing schedules and transportation for students in need. If families decide to exclude their student from testing because they have concerns related to COVID-19, then their student’s score report will reflect that the test was refused due to COVID-19, but there will not be a negative impact on their student’s grade for the course. Although not participating may represent an impediment to a student’s ability to earn verified credit toward graduation at this time, there will still be opportunities for them to test and earn verified credit over the summer and next school year.  

Grades 3-8 SOL Tests

Grades 3-8 Math SOL tests, Grades 3-8 Reading SOL tests, Grade 5 Science SOL tests, and Grade 8 Science SOL tests will be administered in elementary and middle schools between April 26, 2021 and June 4, 2021. Retakes for Grades 3-8 tests will not be offered this school year. Students who are receiving instruction in-person will be tested on days when they are physically present in schools. Families of students who are receiving instruction 100% virtually will be contacted by their school to coordinate testing schedules and transportation for students in need. If families decide to exclude their student from testing because they have concerns related to COVID-19, then their student’s score report will reflect that the test was refused due to COVID-19, but there will not be a negative impact on their student’s final grade. Please note that PWCS will not administer the Grade 4 Virginia Studies SOL test, the Grade 8 Civics and Economics SOL test, or the Grade 8 Writing SOL test this school year. Rather, PWCS has elected to exercise an option offered by the state to use locally developed alternative assessments instead of administering SOL tests to help mitigate the stress on families. Families of participating students should be aware that all health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19 will be followed during testing, including physical distancing, sanitizing workstations, and wearing an appropriate face-covering. If you have questions about testing schedules or coordinating transportation for your student on test days, please contact your student’s school directly.