Prince William County Schools
The Virginia Standards of Learning form the foundation for a strong Prince William County Elementary Mathematics Program that emphasizes problem solving, communication, reasoning and proof, connections, and multiple representations. It provides the framework for all students in Prince William County Public Schools to achieve a high level of conceptual understanding and procedural fluency. Concepts are introduced and developed through the use of models and hands-on experiences. Students are expected to apply concepts and skills through a variety of problem-solving experiences.
Additional K-5 Resources from VDOE for Implementing the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning
Summer Math Suggestions from VDOE
For students who have just completed grades 2-5, a free, six-week, email-based math skills program is available by registering at Quantile Summer Math Challenge. From June 24 to August 2, parents receive daily emails with fun activities and resources designed to help kids retain the math skills learned during the previous school year. In addition, visit Quantile Summer Math Challenge daily to learn about weekly math concepts, how to earn badges, and to print out a certificate at the end of the challenge.
For Kids Math & Science – To find fun activities and interesting information related to math and science, check out For Kids.
MathCounts – Find a new math challenge every week and explore the Math Arcade, a collection of math-related games at Math Counts.
Download a Summer Learning flyer available in English (PDF) an Spanish (PDF) or bookmark (PDF). This flyer includes information for other subjects.
Analyses of Student Performance
VDOE has provided the analysis of the 2012 student performance on the Grades 3-8 SOL tests. There is a Powerpoint presentation for each grade level and a PDF version of the Powerpoint available. In the presentations, examples are given of the SOL content that has proved to be most challenging for many students based on statewide results from last spring. The Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II analyses have been available since late fall.
SOL Testing Blueprints
Posted SOL testing blueprints indicate the reporting categories for each SOL test, the SOL assessed in each reporting category, the number of test items for each reporting category and for the test as a whole, and the number of field test items for the test.
SOL Practice Items and TestNav Tools Practice
SOL practice items provide students an opportunity to become familiar with new types of items that reflect the increased rigor and new content found in the 2009 Mathematics SOL. These practice items contain technology-enhanced items (TEI) that require students to demonstrate their learning in ways other than a multiple choice format.
Prince William County teachers are expected to use the practice item guide with students, as it will help ensure that sudents are familiar with the types of items that they may encounter while taking the mathematics test. The directions in the guide will also lead students through practice with the online tools, and will familiarize them with how to navigate through the tests, and how to use the Section Review screen within TestNav™.
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 level or course. Furthermore, while the practice items provide examples of some TEI, they are not intended to represent all types of functionality associated with these item types.
To further assist in familiarizing students with the tools available within TestNav, the online testing software used in Virginia, Mathematics Online Tools Practice has also been made available. The TestNav Tools Practice sets will provide students opportunities to practice using the online tools such as the ruler, straightedge, protractor, and compass. Not all tools included in this application are used for all grades 3-8. To reference the tools available for a particular grade level math test, see Online Tools Available on the Mathematics SOL Tests (PDF)
View a narrated demonstration with examples of various technology-enhanced item types that may appear on the Mathematics SOL tests. These new SOL tests may consist of approximately 10 to 15% technology-enhanced items. These items are not multiple choice.
Enhanced Scope and Sequence (ESS) Sample Lesson Plans
Mathematics ESS Sample Lesson Plans help teachers align instruction with the 2009 Mathematics SOL by providing examples of how the knowledge and skills found in the SOL and Curriculum Framework can be presented to students in the classroom. The lesson plans are accessible using a keyword search, or by selecting specific SOL objectives organized by grade level and reporting category. Sample lesson plans are provided for grades K through 8; Algebra I; Geometry; Algebra, Functions, and Data Analysis; and Algebra II.
Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards for Grades K-8
Mathematics vocabulary word wall cards provide a display of mathematics content words and associated visual cues to assist in vocabulary development. The cards should be used as an instructional tool for teachers and then as a reference for all students, particularly English learners and students with disabilities.
Professional Development Resources
Over the past four years, the VDOE has held statewide K-12 Mathematics SOL Institutes that provided targeted professional development for school divisions in support of the implementation of the 2009 Mathematics SOL. Professional development resources from each Institute are posted online to facilitate ongoing professional development in school divisions. The 2012 Mathematics SOL Institutes provided a set of posted online professional development modules for grade level or subject area teams of teachers focusing on the use of mathematics formative assessments to drive instructional decisions
Instructional Videos for Teachers
Instructional videos provided assist teachers in addressing areas of instructional challenge for mathematics content in kindergarten through grade 8.