Dana Cole
Coordinator of Assessment

[email protected]

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-2nd 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 2021-22
Elementary Schools Middle Schools High Schools
April 25–May 13 (grades 3–5 non-writing) March 7–10 (writing paper/pencil)
March 14–18 (8th grade writing)
April 25–May 13 (grades 6–8 non-writing)
October 19–20 (writing paper/pencil)
October 21–November 16 (writing retests)
November 9–13 (writing grades 11 & 12 retakes)
December 1–17 (non-writing retesters)
January 6–10 (non-writing retesters)
March 7–10 (writing paper/pencil)
March 14–18 (10th grade writing)
April 18–May 13 (end-of-course testing)
April 18–May 20 (Virtual Academy end-of-course testing)
May 2–May 20 (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. 

Student Participation in Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments

Superintendents Memo #142-13

All students enrolled in the Virginia public schools are expected to take the applicable state tests. The Virginia Board of Education Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia, available online at www.doe.virginia.gov/boe/accreditation state:

"In kindergarten through eighth grade, where the administration of Virginia assessment program tests are required by the Board of Education, each student shall be expected to take the tests" and "each student in middle and secondary schools shall take all applicable end-of-course SOL tests following course instruction" (p. 9).

The regulations do not provide for what is sometimes referred to as an "opt-out policy" for students regarding the Virginia assessments. If, however, parents refuse to have their student participate in one or more of the required Virginia assessments, then they should contact the school in writing of their desire to refuse to test.