Beginning of Year Assessments

Beginning this school year, the Virginia General Assembly enacted new testing requirements for all students in grades 3-8. The legislation calls for the administration of a fall (Growth Assessment) and a spring assessment (SOL) in grades 3-8 in reading and mathematics to measure growth. In the first year of implementation, the new tests are intended to assist in the identification of unfinished learning from the 2020-21 school year due to the pandemic. Future testing will include a mid-year assessment.

Assessments will serve as a baseline and not be considered “high stakes” tests and administered from September 8th through September 29th. The Growth Assessments will not report a performance level showing whether a student “passed or failed” the assessment. Instead, the data will report how the student performed on each of the items included on the test. This data will assist teachers and other school staff to identify areas requiring additional support to “fill in the gaps” and prepare students for the 2021-22 school year content.

The grades 3-8 Reading and Mathematics Growth Assessments have been developed using existing Standards of Learning test items. The computer adaptive tests (CAT) are shorter in length and administered online using a secure network connection. Tests will be administered at your child’s home school. Students receiving instruction virtually are required to participate as are students being served in contract services and those receiving homebound services.