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.