Standards of Learning (SOL)

The Standards of Learning (SOL) are rigorous academic standards, set by the commonwealth, that describe  expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education. Each year, students at different grade levels participate in SOL tests or a variety of other related alternative assessments. Most SOL tests are given online using a traditional “fixed” format in which all students respond to the same questions. However, recently the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has moved to the use of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT).

What are the results of SOL tests used for?

  • Measure student mastery of the Standards of Learning.
  • Determine Accreditation status of schools

How Standards of Learning (SOL) test results are used to guide instruction

For additional SOL information and resources, please visit the VDOE website  at: The Standards & SOL-based Instructional Resource.

Letter To High School Parents About SOL testing (PDF)         
Frequently Asked Questions about SOL Test Results (PDF)
See actual tests given in previous years
Practice taking an on-line test

The Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP)

The Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) is designed to evaluate the performance of students with significant cognitive disabilities. The VAAP is available to students in grades 3 through 8 and students in grade 11 who have an Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL).
For additional VAAP information and resources, please visit the Virginia Department of Education VAAP website.