Error on SOL Reading Test Gives Students Option to Retake

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May 25, 2012

A statewide error on the Standards of Learning Tests are giving some Albemarle County students the chance to take them again.

The error happened for 3rd and 6th grade students statewide. The computer screen font on some portions of the test was too small which made it hard for some kids to read.

School divisions now have the option to re-test those students with parental permission and Albemarle County is giving that option. They warn parents that if students retake the SOLs, the first score is wiped away and the results of the second test will count.

"SOL tests for us are a data point that we use, but we have many other data points that we gather throughout the year for every student. In Albemarle County Schools' mind, there is no advantage to getting a higher score if you've passed," said Billy Haun, Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning in Albemarle County.

Albemarle County parents need to tell schools if their kids are retaking the tests by Wednesday. The new tests will be administered the final week of school.

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