• Molly Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Supervisor for Data Analytics, Program Evaluation & Accountability

    P: (757) 603-6400 (ext. 66429)

WJCC schools administer multiple state and national tests, and the division and schools receive annual reports detailing progress as a whole and among various student subgroups. In particular, the results from the annual Standards of Learning (SOL) tests are used to determine if various accountability benchmarks are met.

Virginia Accreditation & Federal Accountability

State Assessments

Division Assessment

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) Program currently offers more than 30 courses across multiple subject areas. Each course is developed by a committee composed of college faculty and AP teachers, and covers the breadth of information, skills and assignments found in the corresponding college course.

The AP Examinations are administered each year in May and represent the culmination of college-level work in a given discipline in a secondary school setting. Rigorously developed by committees of college and AP high school faculty, the AP Exams test a student’s ability to perform at a college level.

ACT

The American College Testing (ACT) assesses high school students’ general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work in English, math, reading, and science.

Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready for College-Level Coursework

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

  • English Composition: 18 on ACT English test
  • College Algebra: 22 on ACT Mathematics test
  • Social Science: 22 on ACT Reading test
  • Biology: 23 on ACT Science test
Chart of College Readiness Benchmark

SAT

What is the SAT Suite of Assessments and who takes the exams?

The SAT Suite of Assessments includes the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 8/9. Administered by The College Board, these tests are one way to measure the knowledge and skills students are learning in class. Performance on the exams is used in many ways to help determine a student’s readiness for college and potential for success in Advanced Placement (AP) classes.

All 9th grade students take the PSAT 8/9 at no cost to families. By taking the PSAT 8/9 as freshmen, students have early access to the College Board’s career exploration tool to receive personalized and targeted online resources and practice from Khan Academy.

Additionally, all 11th grade students take the PSAT-NMSQT at no cost. Taking the test as a junior allows students to be considered for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, the National Scholarship Service and the Telluride Association, in addition to the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Any 10th grade student may register for and take the exam for $17. Students interested in applying to the Governor’s School for Science and Technology are encouraged to take the PSAT-NMSQT in 10th grade.

SOL

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, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.

Students in specific grades are tested annually in English, mathematics, science and history/social science. High school students take end-of-course SOL exams to earn credit for graduation.

The SOL exams are administered in the spring of each school year. While student score reports are usually available at the end of the school year, school and division scores are not reported until late summer/early fall. State Accreditation is based on student performance on SOL exams and is determined in the fall.