Karen Bucklew
Coordinator of Assessment

bucklewke@lcsedu.net

Kathy White
Secretary III of Assessment
whiteke@lcsedu.net

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

Lynchburg City Schools does Performance Assessment for grades two through eight throughout the year. These assessments build critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration skills. They are fully aligned to the cognitive level of the Standards of Learning and provide students with a rich learning experience.

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
Reading
Mathematics
Grade 6
Reading 
Mathematics
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
Geometry
World Geography
World History 1
World History 2
Virginia and US History
Earth Science
Biology (Required by all students)
Chemistry
Grade 4
Reading 
Mathematics
Grade 7
Reading 
Mathematics
Grade 5
Reading 
Mathematics
Virginia Studies
Science
Grade 8
Reading 
Mathematics
Science 
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 2019-2020 
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
April 23–May 22 (grades 3–5 non-writing) March 2–4 (writing paper/pencil)
March 16–20 (8th grade writing)
April 27–May 22 (grades 6–8 non-writing)
October 21–23 (writing paper/pencil)
October 21–25 (writing retests)
November 11–15 (writing grades 11 & 12 retakes)
December 2–13 (non-writing retesters)
January 6–10 (non-writing retesters)
March 16–20 (10th grade writing)
April 27–May 22 (end-of-course testing)
May 6–May 22 (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. 

Testing Calendars

2019-2020 Testing/Assessment Calendar  

AP Exam Schedule - May 2020