SOL Test Scoring & Performance Reports

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Standards of Learning assessments in English reading, mathematics, science and history/social science are made up of multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items or questions that measure content knowledge, scientific and mathematical processes, reasoning and critical thinking skills. English writing skills are measured with a two-part assessment that includes multiple-choice items and an essay.

Student performance is graded on a scale of 0-600 with 400 representing the minimum level of acceptable proficiency and 500 representing advanced proficiency. On English reading and mathematics tests, the Board of Education has defined levels of student achievement: below basic, basic, proficient, and advanced, with basic describing progress towards proficiency.

Performance Level Descriptors

Performance level descriptors are available for SOL tests in reading, history and social science, mathematics and science. These descriptors convey the knowledge and skills associated with each performance (achievement) level.

The achievement levels for grades 3-8 reading and mathematics tests are:  Pass/Advanced, Pass/Proficient, Fail/Basic, and Fail/Below Basic.

The achievement levels for science tests, history tests, and End-of-Course (EOC) tests* are: Pass/Advanced, Pass/Proficient, and Fail/Does Not Meet.

* The EOC Writing (2010 SOL) test, EOC Reading (2010 SOL) test, and EOC Algebra II (2009 SOL) test have an achievement level of Advanced/College Path in place of the Pass/Advanced achievement level.

SOL Reporting Resources

Recorded presentations related to Standards of Learning test scores and reports and Grades 3-8 Reading and Mathematics Growth Assessment scores and reports are provided to assist teachers in Virginia public schools. Questions about these presentations should be directed to the Office of Student Assessment.

Standard Error of Measurement

The standard error of measurement is a statistical phenomenon and is unrelated to the accuracy of scoring. All test results, including scores on tests designed by classroom teachers, are subject to the standard error of measurement.