Standards of Learning
SY 2021-2022 SOL Administration Schedule
Please use the Virginia Assessment Program Testing (SOL) to view important SOL information as it pertains to the 2021-2022 school year.
Newport News Public Schools administers screening and diagnostic assessments to determine support needs and monitor student growth throughout the school year.
Please choose your child's grade to download an informational letter to families.
Fall 2021 Growth Assessments
Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, students in Virginia public schools will take growth assessments in grades 3-8 reading and mathematics. Legislation passed in the 2021 Virginia General Assembly (HB2027 and SB1357) requires the new assessments to be completed by students in the fall and spring of 2021-2022 in grades 3-8 reading and mathematics to measure growth during the school year. Individual student score reports will be provided with details of how students performed on each test item, but the growth assessments do not include a passing/failing score. The focus on these assessments is on identifying what students have already learned as well as the skills they may need additional help with during this school year.
Full implementation of the legislation will occur in the 2022-2023 school year with assessments in these content areas and grade levels occurring three times during the year: fall, mid-year, and spring. The spring growth assessments will be the regularly occurring Standards of Learning tests.
The assessments students will take - in fall 2021 only - will be based on the previous grade level’s content. For example, a grade 4 student will take an assessment based on grade 3 content in the fall of 2021. The administration of assessments measuring content from the previous grade level in fall of 2021 is intended to assist in the identification of unfinished learning from 2020-2021 due to the pandemic as well as enable students to show growth during the current school year. Please use the link below as a resource.Fall 2021 Growth Assessments Test Blueprints
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects.
SOL tests in reading, writing, mathematics, science and history/social science measure the success of students in meeting the Board of Education's expectations for learning and achievement.
All items on SOL tests are reviewed by Virginia classroom teachers for accuracy and fairness and teachers also assist the state Board of Education in setting proficiency standards for the tests.
Standards of Learning currently in effect are listed on the Virginia Department of Education website.
Virginia's School Quality Profiles provide information about student achievement, demographics, college and career readiness, program completion, school safety, teacher quality and other topics of interest to parents and the general public.
SOL Pass Rates and School Accreditation
Virginia Department of Education standards of accreditation require all schools to meet or exceed benchmarks for achievement in English, mathematics, science and history. High schools must also meet a graduation and completion index.
NNPS Division SOL Pass Rates and Accreditation
VDOE Accreditation Information
SOL and Accreditation News
- October 1, 2020: NNPS graduation rate remains high, tops state average
- September 30, 2019: NNPS students making strides in achievement