TestNav 7


posted Jul 25, 2016, 7:43 AM by Elaine Hawkins

TestNav8 will be the software used to do SOL testing beginning in 2016-17. The new software will allow for the expanded use of devices for testing such as Chromebooks and Ipads. Resources are available at the Virginia Department of Education's website - .

Computer Adaptive Testing Expanding

posted Jul 25, 2016, 7:35 AM by Elaine Hawkins

In Spring 2017, students in grades 3 - 5 will take computer adaptive tests in reading and math. Providing a shorter version of the online grades 3 through 5 reading tests in a CAT format is part of Governor McAuliffe’s initiative to shorten the length of the reading SOL tests for elementary school students. Since computer adaptive tests are customized to each student’s ability level, fewer questions can be administered to accurately determine each student’s achievement level. Because of this advantage of the CAT format, the computer adaptive version of the test will be approximately 30 percent shorter in total test length than the traditional version.
The grades 3 and 4 reading CAT will contain 28 operational test items that are scored and 5 field test items, for a total test length of 33 items. The grade 5 reading CAT will contain 30 operational test items that are scored and 5 field test items, for a total length of 35 items. The grades 4 and 5 mathematics CAT will contain 35 operational test items that are scored and 4 field test items, for a total test length of 39 items. The grade 3 mathematics test will continue to have 28 operational test items. 

Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT)

posted Sep 22, 2014, 6:44 AM by Elaine Hawkins

Computer Adaptive Testing will begin for students in Franklin County in the Spring of 2015 with Grade 6 Math. Students, teachers and parents can learn more about CAT testing by reviewing these resources developed by the Virginia Department of Education.

Changes to SOL Testing

posted Jul 16, 2014, 8:54 AM by Elaine Hawkins

The Virginia General Assembly voted to make some changes to the tests students will take. Grade 3 Science and History, Grade 5 Writing, U. S. History I and U. S. History II tests have been eliminated. School Boards must verify an alternate test in these areas have been given, but the division has not received the guidelines concerning what the requirements for these alternate tests.

Changes to VAAP

posted Jul 18, 2012, 1:52 PM by Elaine Hawkins

There will be some changes to the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP) beginning this year.  Students will demonstrate Aligned Standards of Learning (ASOL) from the grade level in which they are enrolled. They will still complete work to compile in a notebook for scoring by the state.  By year 2013-14, students will be completing tasks online.  More information will follow as training is provided by the Virginia Department of Education

All New SOL Practice Items

posted Mar 6, 2012, 7:29 AM by   [ updated Mar 21, 2012, 12:47 PM by Elaine Hawkins ]

All the new SOL practice items are located at this address:
Online Writing Practice Tools

VMAST Practice Items - Please note that the practice items are samples only.  They do not cover all mathematics content for the grade level or course, nor do they provide examples of all types of functionality that may be found in the test items.


posted Dec 3, 2011, 11:06 AM by Elaine Hawkins   [ updated Mar 12, 2012, 8:03 AM ]

All SOL testing is web based. The log in screen can be found at

Learn More About New Math Standards

posted Oct 11, 2011, 8:11 AM by Elaine Hawkins   [ updated Sep 28, 2012, 5:26 AM ]

Earlier this year, VDOE held a training event for the Roanoke City Schools regarding the revised mathematics standards and assessments.  The session included strategies for  using a variety of VDOE resources to plan lessons. In addition, frequently asked questions about the revised mathematics standards were discussed.  The webinar was conducted by Michael Bolling, Mathematics Coordinator, Office of Standards, Curriculum and Instruction, Virginia Department of Education.

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