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Title: Training Session Spring 2006 Non-Writing SOL

Training Session Spring 2006 Non-Writing SOL
  • April 25, 2006
  • SBO
  • 830 a.m.

Tests to be Administered Elementary Schools
  • Grade 3 Math, Reading, Science History (one
    answer document)
  • Grade 4 Math, Reading (one answer document)
    Virginia Studies (separate answer document)
  • Grade 5 Math, Reading Science (one answer
    document) U.S. History to 1877 (separate answer
  • Math 3, 4 5 includes the plain English version
    of the test.

Tests to be Administered Middle Schools
  • Grade 6 Math, Reading (one answer document)
    U.S. History from 1877 (separate answer document)
  • Grade 7 Math, Reading (one answer document)
    Civics Economics (separate answer document)
  • Grade 8 Math, Reading Science (separate answer
  • Grade 7 Pre-Algebra students will also take Math
    8 (separate answer document)
  • Grade 8 Algebra I students will be tested online

Main Changes Grades 3-8
  • The combined test booklet has been discontinued.
    Each subject has a separate test booklet.
  • The writing questions on the Grade 3 English test
    have been eliminated. The test covers the Reading
    SOLs for grades K-3.
  • The break incorporated into the Reading 3 test
    remains but the break can be any break as defined
    by the school.

  • There are changes in calculator usage for the
    grade 4-8 tests
  • Grade 3 no calculators allowed
  • Grade 4 a four function calculator may be used
    in part 2 of the Math 4 SOL
  • Grade 5 a four function calculator may be used
    in part 2 of the Math 5 SOL and on the Science 5

  • Grade 6 A scientific calculator may be used on
    part 2 of the Math 6 SOL
  • Grade 7 A scientific calculator may be used on
    part 2 of the Math 7 SOL
  • Grade 8 A scientific calculator may be used for
    the entire Math 8 SOL.
  • Either a scientific calculator or a four function
    calculator may be used on the Science 8 SOL.
  • A graphing calculator needs to be provided for
    Grade 8 students taking the Algebra I SOL online.
  • Pages 30-32 lists the allowable manipulatives for
    all of the SOL tests.

Tests to be Administered High Schools
  • End of Course Tests for students in
  • World Geography, World History II, U.S.
    Virginia History, Earth Science, Biology,
    Chemistry, Algebra I, Algebra II (2001 Revised),
    Geometry and Reading 11 (2002).
  • Retests for students needing verified credits in
    all of the above plus Algebra II (2001), Reading
    11 (1995), World Geography (1995), World History
    II (1995), U.S. Virginia History (1995)
  • Math 8 and Reading 8 tests for students pursuing
    a modified standard diploma (only available in
    paper/pencil form)

Tests to be Administered High Schools
  • Which test should be given if there is more than
    one version of the test?
  • For Algebra II and/or Reading 11 If the student
    is currently enrolled in one or both of the
    courses or was enrolled in either of the courses
    in the first semester they must take Algebra II
    (2001 revised) or Reading 11 (2002).
  • If they took and passed either course prior to
    this school year they must take Algebra II (2001)
    or Reading 11 (1995)
  • For the Social Studies tests if the student took
    and passed the course prior to the 2003-2004
    school year they take the 1995 version of the
    test, else they take the 2001 version of the
    test. There should be very few students taking
    1995 versions of the social studies tests.

Tests to be Administered High Schools
  • DRHS GHS are administering all of their tests
  • CHS is administering everything online except
    Geometry for Geometry Part 2 students.
  • THS is administering everything online except
    Reading 11 and Geometry and their retests.
  • Administer all expedited retests online.

  • Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Test window is from May 8 through June 2, 2006.
    All answer documents must be shipped on June 2.
    Please schedule your check-in with Judy. Check-in
    begins May 25 and ends May 31.
  • Please submit your testing schedule to Judy as
    soon as it is finalized.
  • High Schools
  • Paper/Pencil window May 8-11. Check-in begins on
    May 11 and answer documents will be shipped no
    later than May 15. Schedule your check-in with
  • Online window is from May 15-June 2. Expedited
    retests can be administered beginning on May 22
    through June 20.
  • Please submit your schedule to Judy as soon as it
    is finalized.
  • The division testing schedule may be viewed at
  • http//

  • Available for Grade 4 students that failed the
    Math 3 and/or Reading 3 SOL last spring or Grade
    6 students that failed the Math 5 and/or Reading
    5 SOL last spring.
  • You should have a list of eligible students.
  • Grid Section Y on the Grade 4 or Grade 6 answer
    document in the appropriate places.

Training Examiners
  • Page 8 of the TIM has an excellent chart to use
    for reference when training your examiners.
  • Teachers, aides, substitutes and trusted
    volunteers may be used as examiners as long as
    they receive training.
  • Remember create an agenda and an attendance sign
    in sheet. Keep them in your records.

Training examiners
  • Make sure each examiner has an Examiners Manual.
  • Notify Judy if you need extra Examiner Manuals.
  • Make sure that examiners are trained to read the
    directions as printed in the manual.
  • For example

TIM New for Spring 2006
  • Pages v through vii contain a list of changes for
    the spring 2006 testing.
  • A copy has been provided for you.
  • It might be helpful if your examiners have a copy
    of the pages.

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  • Any questions before we get to the fun filled
    what to grid section of the training?

Sample Elementary Answer Document Grade 4
Grade 8
Grade 11
MC Form Number Sections J
State Testing Identifier Section G2
  • This information is located in the student atom
    in SASI in the field labeled State Testing
    Identifier. If missing contact Mr. Wall.

Limited English Proficiency Section S
  • Hidden in the Pre-ID label.

  • Think of adjustments this way
  • You are seeking legitimate ways to exclude
    potential failing scores from the calculation of
    your schools pass rate.
  • There are two types of adjustments
  • SOA which deals with the calculation of Virginia
    accreditation rates.
  • AYP which deals with the calculation of U.S.
    Annual Yearly Progress rates under the No Child
    Left Behind Act. AYP adjustments are not used
    with Writing SOL tests.

  • SOA
  • Failing scores are excluded from the calculation
    if the criteria are meet in one of the following
  • Transfer
  • Limited English Proficient

SOA Adjustment-Transfer
  • An Elementary or Middle School student is an SOA
    Transfer if they entered school from outside a
    Pittsylvania County school on or after September
    27, 2005.
  • A High School student on a block schedule is an
    SOA Transfer if they entered school from outside
    the state (this includes private schools and home
    schools) on or after February 10, 2006.
  • A High School student in a year long class, like
    Governors School English 11, would be an SOA
    Transfer if they enter on or after September 27,
  • High School students that earned an English 11
    credit in a school outside the division but test
    to earned the verified writing credit may be
    considered an SOA Transfer.

SOA Adjustment-LEP
  • A student is eligible for an SOA-LEP adjustment
    if they are an LEP students in levels 1, 2,3 or 4
    AND they have been a student in Virginia public
    schools for less than 11 semesters. You will have
    to count the current semester for the May tests.

  • Do Not grid the LEP bubble unless the student has
    been labeled as LEP in section S or in the Pre-ID

AYP Adjustment if the student entered your
school on or after October 1, 2005
  • A from another school in the county
  • B from another school in the state
  • C from a school outside the state, including
    private and home schools
  • D LEP and their first year in U.S. schools

Other Sections
  • Section L Grid on the answer document for the
    4th grade Virginia Studies SOL
  • Section M SUB TEST on the high school form
  • Section N-Alternate Assessment students (grades
    3-8). DO NOT GRID on the Virginia Studies SOL or
    any of the Content Specific History tests.
  • Section O Free/Reduced Lunch (in Pre-ID label),
  • Section U Omit
  • Section BB RP Code -Alternative School students

Other Sectionscontinued
  • Section Q Brosville and Stony Mill only-grid
    math if the student is receiving Title I
    assistance in Math. See your Title I Coordinator
    for names.
  • Section R
  • 1. Migrant
  • 2. Homeless
  • 3. Neglected or Delinquent
  • Section V Disability status- is located on the
    Pre-ID label.
  • Section W High schools Only
  • Section X omit
  • Section Y High Schools only. Grid if the student
    has passed the English 11 class but is retesting
    in order to earn a verified writing credit.
    students in an English 11 class but taking the
    second form of the test. DO NOT grid retest on
    the first test.

Other Sectionscontinued
  • Section Z Testing Status-tells why the test was
    not taken or not completed. High schools do not
    have testing status 2, 3 or 12.
  • Testing Status 12 Use for elementary or middle
    school students participating in the VGLA. We do
    not have any students using the VGLA for science
    or social studies.

Other Sectionscontinued
  • Test Accommodations should only be used if the
    student is identified as disabled or as LEP.
  • Grid A on Math if the student took the Plain
    English form of the test.

The Pre-ID Label
  • Seen Last Name, First Name, Disability, Gender,
    Birthday, Grade, STI, Ethnicity, Teacher, School,
  • Not Seen LEP status and LEP Proficiency, Free
    and Reduced Lunch status

More on Additional Test Codes
  • This is from a grade 8 answer document. Retest,
    Expedited and D-Code only have meaning for high
    school students taking the grade 8 tests for the
  • Grades 3-8 have the SELP button in the Reading
    area. Grid SELP if the student used the SELP test
    as a proxy for the Reading SOL. You have been
    given a list of students in your schools using
    the SELP as a proxy. You do not have to grid a
    testing status for Reading if the SELP button is

Other information
  • Read to sessions must be recorded. Your materials
    should have packs of test booklets that says on
    the cover sheet that the forms may be used for
    read to sessions. This guarantees that all of the
    students have the same form number. In
    emergencies you may use test booklets from the
    spiral packages as long as you make sure that the
    form numbers on the booklets used are the same.
  • Marks in a booklet and examiner transfer answers
    must be verified by a second school official.