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Upcoming SOL Testing Information
SOL Testing
Posted on 01/12/2021
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The last day of the first semester will be Thursday, January 21, 2021.  We have developed a schedule for the last three (3) days of the semester to concentrate on SOL testing in a way that we are confident will give all of our students the best opportunity for success on these state assessments.

 

Beginning Friday, January 15, all high schools will be operating on an SOL Testing Schedule. On January 15, 19, and 21, students are required to attend school onldurinthe times when they have a scheduled SOL Test. Two SOL Tests will be administered on each day, 1/15 and 1/19, to include Reading, Math, Science, and History. Thursday, January 21 will be used for make-up testing as well as remediation for, and administration of, test retakes. You and your student are receiving an email from BHS indicating the date, location, and test(s) that your student is scheduled to take.

 

During scheduled testing, it is necessary to provide a quiet atmosphere that allows students and staff to focus on SOL testing.  There will be no scheduled classes on any of the SOL testing days.  This has been our practice for the past several years.  This year, it is also important to minimize the number of students in the building at the same time in order to keep testing groups small and spread out.  To accomplish this, we will utilize all staff and the entire building.

 

There will be no traditional final exams administered except for those required in Dual Enrollment courses.  Students may request to take a traditional final exam in any course; however, the exam will only count if it raises the grade for those students who choose to take the examination.

 

DE Final Exams also will be scheduled January 15-21. No other activities, including athletic practices, will be scheduled during school hours Friday (1/15) through Thursday (1/21).

 

Students who do not attend school because they do not have an SOL Test or DE Final Exam on January 15, 19, and 21 will have their attendance marked as "Exempt from Attendance". Please call the school and let us know if your child wishes to attend school for any reason other than taking a scheduled SOL Test so that we can make arrangements to accommodate them.


Please Note:

  • Students will be released from school once they have completed all SOL Tests scheduled for that day.
  • Students testing in both Blocks on the same day will need to remain at school all day
  • Morning and Afternoon Bus Runs will continue as scheduled
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served as usual
  • Students participating in AM testing should report to BHS @ 7:45 am
  • Students participating in PM testing should report to BHS @ noon
  • Students will be released from AM testing at 10:00 am and PM testing at 2:30 pm.
  • Students are NOT permitted to have their phone or smart watches in their possession when they are testing.
  • Scores will not be available on test day but will be provided to students as soon as possible.

Teachers of year-long courses may provide asynchronous learning activities and assignments for students to work on through January 21.  Any students who need to speak with a teacher about an assignment or need any assistance should call that teacher at the school.

Each student in high school is expected to take all applicable end-of-course SOL tests.  If your child is unable to attend school and take SOL tests as scheduled, please call the school to discuss the impact of this decision.  The state has provided a one-time opportunity for students who take an SOL End-of-Course Test for a Semester I Block Course.  Students who score a 350-399 will be eligible for a "Locally-Awarded Verified Credit" if they have earned a passing grade in that course.  As usual, teachers may identify how passing scores on SOL tests will contribute to the final course grade; however, a score below 400 may not be used to lower a student's final course grade.

As always, please call me if you have any questions.

 

Sincerely,
Guylene Wood-Setzer
Principal