News & Announcements
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 .
Registration Now Open for the 2019 Deeper Learning Science Institutes
The purpose of these institutes is to provide teachers and science leaders with professional development focused on effective science instruction. This train the trainer professional learning opportunity will emphasize the implementation of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning and Curriculum Framework. Registration for each of the following six sites will be closed approximately two weeks prior to the Institute or when registration is filled. A designated division contact will need to complete registration online for all division attendees.
- October 22, 2019 - Richmond
- October 23, 2019 - Williamsburg
- October 24, 2019 - Dulles
- November 6, 2019 - Roanoke
- November 7, 2019 - Charlottesville
- November 8, 2019 - Richmond
Science Textbook Approval Process Timeline Approved
The Virginia Board of Education reviewed the timeline for the K-12 Science Textbook Review-This is a Word document. on July 25, 2019. Questions concerning the science textbook review process can be directed to Myra.email@example.com
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
The expectation is that students achieve these outcomes as they learn science content and engage in Science and Engineering Practices.
Standards of Learning Documents
- 2018 Science Standards of Learning-This is a Word document. - Approved by the Virginia Board of Education on October 18, 2018, the Standards of Learning are a critical communication with the citizens of the Commonwealth, parents, the business community, and higher education, in that these standards convey expectations and intended outcomes for K-12 education.
- 2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework-This is a Word document. - Approved by the Virginia Board of Education on June 20, 2019, the Standards of Learning Curriculum framework provides educators instructional support in that it conveys expectations and intended outcomes for K-12 education.
- Science Standards of Learning Crosswalk-This is a Word document.
- 2018 Science Standards of Learning YouTube playlist with VDOE Science Coordinator Anne Petersen.
Implementation & Timeline
- Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Review Timeline
- Superintendent's Memo 155-19: 2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework-This is a Word document. - Implementation timeline for the 2018 Science Standards of Learning and the 2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework
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
Standards of Learning
|Grade 3||Grade 3 Science (PDF)|
|Grade 5||Grade 5 Science (PDF)
|Physical Science||Grade 8 Science (PDF)|
|Earth Science||Earth Science (PDF)|
Resources for Instruction
- Using Statewide SOL Test Results to Guide Instruction – Examples of challenging SOL content based on statewide results
- ESS Sample Lesson Plans – align instruction with the 2010 Science SOL by providing examples of how the knowledge, skills and processes found in the SOL and curriculum framework can be presented to students in the classroom.
- Practices for Science Investigation Progression (PDF) – The Practices for Science Investigation Progression chart identifies the grade level at which specific science skills/practices are formally introduced and how they progress throughout the 2010 Science Standards of Learning.
- K-3 Science Progression (PDF) – Shows the progression of standards from kindergarten through third grade and how they relate to reporting categories on the Grade 3 Science SOL Test Blueprint.
- Science Standards of Learning Crosswalk Between the 2010 and 2003 Standards (PDF) – Provides detail on additions, deletions and changes included in the 2010 Science SOL.
- Science Instructional Resources
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Biology II: Anatomy & Physiology-This is a Word document.
- Environmental Science-This is a Word document.
- Earth Science II: Astronomy-This is a Word document.
- Biology II: Ecology-This is a Word document.
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.
Previous Version SOL
- Science Standards of Learning and related resources for the SOL adopted in 2003.