SOL Testing

SOL Writing 2020-2021

Who will test?

Students enrolled in English 11 who still need a verified credit for graduation will participate in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of- Course Writing Test in March 2021. This assessment must be taken in person at Madison. We will follow all FCPS COVID-19 protocols around social distancing, masks, and health screenings. Additional information on FCPS health procedures can be found on the FCPS website.

Students enrolled in AP Language and Composition will use the AP test for this course as a substitute test and are not scheduled to take the SOL unless the family has opted-in to the test. If you would like for your child to take the Writing SOL, in addition to the AP Language and Composition test in May, please send an email to the Assessment Coach, Jennifer Frate by February 5.

When will testing occur?

Hybrid Learning

The current Return to School proposal has students who have selected hybrid learning to be back in the building by March 9, 2021. Hybrid learning students will participate in this assessment during both instructional days when they attend school on March 16-19, 2021. Each component of the test will be given on one school day. Students will be informed of the details of the test, including test location and time, in early March.

Fully Virtual Learning

Students enrolled in virtual learning will participate in this assessment based on a scheduled appointment time. These appointments will be scheduled on Monday, March 15, 2021 and Monday March 22, 2021. Fully virtual families MUST fill out this Intent to Test Form to assist with planning. Information can be found in the form about the option to defer testing due to COVID-19.

Is my student required to take this test in March 2021?

Due to COVID-related flexibility, students not scheduled to graduate by August 2021 may defer testing until the 2021-22 school year. There is no academic impact of deferring this test; however, students must still earn a verified credit in writing to meet VDOE graduation requirements. Parents and students should contact the school counselor to ensure that deferring the test will not delay graduation.

Additional Information about the SOL

The Writing SOL test has two components: multiple choice response and short paper response. To obtain a score, your child must complete both components. The purpose of SOL testing is to provide information about student achievement to the parent, school, school division, and state and for students to earn a verified credit in Writing to meet graduation requirements.

If you have questions about SOL testing or wish to refuse testing at this time, please contact our Assessment Coach, Jennifer Frate at @email or your student’s school counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions about SOLs 2020-2021

Will SOLs be administered in the 2020-2021 school year?

The U.S. Education Department (USED) continues to require administration of state assessments, and Virginia has not waived SOL tests. Students in grades 3-12 will continue to test for federal participation (FP), and students will continue to need qualifying assessment results for verified credit (VC) to graduate with a standard or advanced studies diploma. 

​​​​​​​What testing is required in high schools for 2020-2021?

Students are required to take any SOL that is necessary to meet federal participation guidelines. These tests include Biology, Algebra 1 (or first math SOL in high school), and Reading. Additionally, there are currently no additional waivers of graduation requirements or Emergency Locally Awarded Verified Credits that would allow a student to graduate without completing his/her Verified Credit (VC) requirements. Based on current policy, students who do not fulfill their VC requirements will not graduate on time. 

When will students test?

December/January: Students who need a verified credit for a course they previously passed may have the opportunity to take a SOL during the December-January test window.

March: Students enrolled in English 11 will be offered the Writing SOL in March. Students enrolled in AP Language will have the option to use their AP Language test as a substitute test and will only need to take the Writing SOL (in fall of 2021) to earn a VC if they do not score at least a 2 on the AP test.

May: Students enrolled in the following courses: Biology, Chemistry, Geosystems, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, World History 1, World History 2, United States Virginia History, English 11 (Reading SOL), and AP Language (Reading SOL) will have the option to take a SOL in May as needed to earn a verified credit for graduation or as required to meet federal participation guidelines.

What if I don’t want my student to take an in-person assessment due to COVID-19 concerns?

Families will have the option to defer testing to 2021-2022 school year. Deferring testing only affects the timing of assessments; it does not reduce the overall number of assessments a student must pass to meet VC credit requirements for graduation. Families will be polled prior to each testing window to determine their desire for their student to take in-person tests.

Can I refuse testing for my student?

Under federal law, parents/guardians have the right to refuse testing for their students. State guidance requires that schools ensure parents/guardians are fully informed of the consequences of refusing SOL participation, including potential impact for on-time graduation. If you would like to refuse testing, please contact your child’s counselor and/or the assessment coach, Jennifer Frate (

Are schools impacted by the Governor’s Executive Order 67- specifically the 25 person limit on gatherings?

FCPS continues under Operation Level 2 status, which allows schools to schedule appointments for students who need to complete in-person testing. At this time, schools may continue to schedule times for students from any cohort or group to come to school for in-person assessments. 

Point of Contact: Jen Frate, Assessment Coach | @email