English, Reading, & Literacy

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2022 K-12 SOL Conferences in English Language Arts Materials from the 2022 K-12 SOL

Conferences in English Language Arts are now available! K-12 SOL Conferences in English Language Arts utilize a train-the-trainer model to provide professional development that focuses on continued implementation of engaging instruction that aligns to the 2017 Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework.

Spring 2023 Field Test Information: New Assessment Item Type for Reading 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is developing a new assessment item type for the grades 5, 8, and end-of-course (EOC) Standards of Learning (SOL) reading tests to support the focus on integrating reading and writing instruction to build student literacy. Information about the spring 2023 field test for this new item type is provided in Superintendent’s Memo #177-22 (PDF), published on August 12, 2022. Resources to support preparation for this field test are provided on the Assessment Resources page of the VDOE website.

Virginia Literacy Act

With the passage of the Virginia Literacy Act (VLA) in the 2022 General Assembly, Virginia is taking the lead nationwide to improve early literacy outcomes for Virginia’s young learners. Through the VLA, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will support school divisions through a multi-year effort with tools, resources, technical assistance and funding.


The goals of the English Standards of Learning are to teach students to read and to prepare students to participate in society as literate citizens, equipped with the ability to communicate effectively in their communities, in the work place, and in postsecondary education. As students progress through the school years, they become active and involved listeners and develop a full command of the English language, evidenced by their use of standard English and their rich speaking and writing vocabularies.


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