Karen Bucklew
Coordinator of Assessment


Kathy White
Secretary III of Assessment

The Office of Assessment oversees all assessment administration for Lynchburg City Schools (K-12). Our office ensures that all federal, state, and local testing guidelines are in compliance. We provide training to testing staff to ensure all testing security procedures are in place at each school site.

Division Testing

Student Growth Assessments are given twice a year to help measure the academic growth for students in all grades. 

State Required Testing

Diagnostic Reading Assessment (DRA): 1st-5th grade
Phonological Awareness and Literacy Screening (PALS): K-3rd grade
Naglieri-Gifted reasoning assessment: 1st grade
Stanford 10-Stanford achievement test: 2nd grade
ACCESS for English Language Learners
Standards of Learning (SOL): 3rd -12th 
Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP)
Advanced Placement Testing through College Board (AP)
WorkKeys Testing
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 

Standards of Learning

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. (VDOE)

Frequent Asked Question about SOL Testing

The administration of Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments is a cooperative effort involving the VDOE and educators and administrators in the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions. Key division-level and school-level personnel include:

Division Director of Testing – The Division Director of Testing (DDOT) serves as the point of contact between the school division and VDOE. The DDOT has division-wide responsibility for implementation of SOL test procedures. (VDOE)

Lynchburg City Schools Schedule of Testing for Standards of Learning Assessments (SOL)
Elementary Grades 3-5 Middle School 6-8 High School 9-12
Grade 3
Grade 6
End of Course
English 10 Writing (Required by all students)
English 11 Reading (Required by all students)
Algebra 1 (Required by all students)
Algebra 2
World Geography
World History 1
World History 2
Virginia and US History
Earth Science
Biology (Required by all students)
Grade 4
Grade 7
Grade 5
Virginia Studies
Grade 8
Civics & Economics
*Advanced students may test in 6th Grade Math Students enrolled in High School credit classes will take the associated End of Course SOL test Students will test in the associated class until they meet their required verified credits. Federal testing requirements require each High School student to take Reading, Algebra 1, and Biology end of course tests.    Rev. 9/2018
SOL Test Dates for 2018-2019 
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
April 30-May 17 (3-5 non-writing) March 11-13 (writing paper/pencil)
March 18-22 (8th grade writing)
April 30-May 17 (6-8 non-writing)
October 16-17 (writing paper/pencil) 
October 22-26 (writing retests)    
December 3-14 (non-writing retesters)
March 18-22 (10th grade writing)
April 8-26 (non-writing retesters) 
April 29-May 17 (end of course testing)
May 21-24 (end of course make-ups and retests)

Please contact your child’s school for more details on specific test dates. These dates are provided for planning purposes and all subject to change. Inclement weather disruptions will be announced through your child’s school. 

Assessment Calendars

2018-2019 Assessment Dates for High Schools  

2018-2019 Assessment Dates for Middle Schools  

2018-2019 Assessment Dates for Elementary Schools