SOL Assessment Committees
News & Announcements
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19 and the need to prioritize safety, the 2020 Standards of Learning Item and Test Review Committees will not be held in July 2020, as initially scheduled. In addition, the 2020 Standards of Learning Special Test Forms Review Committee will not be held in July nor in October 2020.
As the VDOE works to consider alternative options to accomplish the important work of these committees, complete applications (which include a reference and division-level approval) for the 2020 SOL Item and Test Review Committees will remain active in the Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS). In the event the committees are convened at a later date, complete applications will be considered and accepted applicants would be notified of the revised committee meeting dates and given the option to consider their availability and interest at that time.
If you have questions, please contact the student assessment staff at Student_Assessment@doe.virginia.gov or call (804) 225-2102.
Virginia teachers, school administrators and content specialists participate in the development of SOL assessments by serving on committees that review test items and forms to ensure that they measure student knowledge accurately and fairly. VDOE encourages educators to participate in this process.
Item and Test Review Interviews
This video provides an overview of the item and test review process, along with reflections from Virginia educators who have participated in this process.
Applicants apply through a web-based Assessment Committee Application Processing System (ACAPS)
- Applicants are required to provide a professional reference and approval from the division superintendent or designee.
- All applicants and references must have a teaching license on file with the Virginia Department of Education.
- To use the online system, you must have an account with a user name and password. Instructions for creating an account are available on the application page.
CriteriaCommittee members are chosen based on the following criteria:
- Grade-level experience and content area expertise;
- In-depth knowledge of the SOL;
- Instructional/supervisory experience with students of varied learning styles, abilities, and aptitudes, including students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency; and
- Balanced regional representation.
ResponsibilitiesCommittee members selected for SOL Assessment Committees are expected to:
- Serve a one-year term and attend all daily scheduled meetings in their entirety (refer to schedule-This is a Word document.);
- Sign a Non-Disclosure/Conflict of Interest Agreement;
- Participate in committee meetings scheduled by the Virginia Department of Education;
- Examine test items to confirm a match with the SOL;
- Review test items for appropriateness and fairness;
- Examine field test data for potential test items; and
- Recommend whether items are to be included in the test item bank.