Science Standards of Learning Resources



Standards of Learning (SOL) & Testing

2019-2020 School Year: Crosswalk between 2010 Science Standards of Learning and the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

During the 2019-2020 school year, school divisions will incorporate new standards into local curriculum written curricula for inclusion in the taught curricula during the 2020-2021 school year. For more information, refer to the Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Review Timeline and Superintendent’s Memo 155-19 .

Science Textbook Approval Process Timeline Approved 

The Virginia Board of Education reviewed the timeline for the K-12 Science Textbook Review on July 25, 2019.  Questions concerning the science textbook review process can be directed to Myra.thayer@doe.virginia.gov

Science Content Guidelines

Content guidelines are in the process of being constructed for all Biology II and Earth Science II courses.  The intention of the content guidelines are to inform instruction and to ensure that the content is covered equitably across the Commonwealth. 

Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2018

 

Science Standards of Learning – Adopted 2010

The Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework comprise the science content that teachers in Virginia are expected to teach and students are expected to learn.

Implementation & Timeline

  • Superintendent’s Memorandum #031-10 – Beginning in 2012-2013, the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests will assess full implementation of the 2010 Science SOL. In preparation for the implementation of the new assessments measuring the 2010 SOL, new science test blueprints have been developed.
  • Superintendent’s Memo #258-11 – Implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning Assessments
  • Superintendent’s Memo #213-12 – New Science Tests Based on the 2010 Science Standards of Learning

Resources for Instruction

Science Content Guidelines

Content guidelines are in the process of being constructed for all Biology II and Earth Science II courses.  The intention of the content guidelines are to inform instruction and to ensure that the content is covered equitably across the Commonwealth.  These are guidelines and divisions may adapt these to meet the need of the students in their schools.  Currently, guidelines are available for the areas indicated below and will be added as more peer-reviewed guidelines are developed.  Provide feedback on these guidelines to science@doe.virginia.gov.

Resources for Assessment

  • SOL Practice Items in TestNav 8 – Provide examples of the new content and increased rigor of the 2010 Science SOL
  • Released SOL Tests & Item Sets – Tests and item sets representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia SOL tests.
  • Test Manipulatives

    Students are permitted to use a Periodic Table of Elements on the EOC Chemistry test. These test manipulatives are included with your secure shipments for paper/pencil testing. For online testing, the following manipulatives are available on the toolbar in TestNav™. Please be sure to refer to the paper/pencil manuals and/or the online testing manuals for more information on test manipulatives.
  • Alternatives to Animal Dissection, BOE Guidelines(PDF) – The Board of Education sets forth guidelines to be implemented by local school divisions regarding alternative dissection techniques.
    • Web-based dissection simulations
      • Frog dissection
      • Fetal pig dissection
      • Earthworm dissection

Previous Version SOL

Science SOL: 2003

Science SOL: 1995

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