Monday, November 24, 2014
Verified Credits 

A reminder to students and parents that all students who graduate from a Virginia public school must earn a minimum number of verified credits. The following is a list of frequently asked questions concerning the Virginia SOL graduation requirements:


Questions
1)  What is a verified credit?
2)  For which courses may a student earn a verified credit?
3)  If a student fails an SOL test (score below 400), will they be able to retake the test to earn a verified credit?
4)  Other than passing the core subject SOL tests, are there other ways for Students to earn a verified credit?
5)  What happens if my child fails an SOL test more than once. Is there any possibility that a verified credit might still be awarded?
6)  Exactly how many verified credits will my child need to graduate?
7)  Do the SOL requirements apply to all students enrolled in Virginia Public Schools?
8)  Where can I find more information about the SOL requirements for my child’s graduation from Virginia public schools?
 
Answers
1)  Q What is a verified credit?
A
A student earns a verified credit when they receive a passing grade (D or higher) for an SOL course, and also pass the SOL test for that course.
2)  Q For which courses may a student earn a verified credit?
A
Students may earn a verified credit for the following core subjects:
English - English 11 (Writing), English 11 (Reading, Research & Literature)
Math
- Algebra 1 (or Alg l Pt 2), Geometry, Algebra 2
Social Studies - World History 1, World History 2, US History
Science - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
3)  Q If a student fails an SOL test (score below 400), will they be able to retake the test to earn a verified credit?
A
Yes, students may sign up to take a previously failed SOL test as many times as they wish. The tests are offered several times during the school year, as well as during the summer. See your child’s guidance counselor for more information, or visit the Va. Dept of Education website (http://www.pen.k12.va.us)
4)  Q Other than passing the core subject SOL tests, are there other ways for Students to earn a verified credit?
A
Yes, students may earn verified credits for certain vocational and technical certifications. These count the same as a verified credit from any of the core subject areas. There are also other tests which may be substituted to meet the verified credit requirement. For details, please visit the State Dept of Education website or contact your child’s guidance counselor.
5)  Q What happens if my child fails an SOL test more than once. Is there any possibility that a verified credit might still be awarded?
A
Yes, there is a process whereby a student may be awarded a verified credit by the Fauquier County School division. These locally verified credits can be awarded only in the science or social studies areas. Students eligible for the locally verified credit must have taken the SOL at least twice, scoring 375 or above on one occasion, and passed the associated course. Please contact your child’s guidance counselor for more specific information regarding the locally verified credit.
6)  Q Exactly how many verified credits will my child need to graduate?
A
  • For the Standard diploma (22 credits) – Students must pass the course as well as the following: All students must pass both the English 11 (Writing) and the English 11 (Reading, Research & Literature) SOLs. This will provide 2 verified credits.
    • Students must also pass any 4 of the following 10 SOL tests, making a total of 6 verified credits.
      • World History 1
      •  Earth Science
      •  Algebra 1 ( or Alg 1 Pt 2)
      • World History 2
      • Biology
      • Geometry
      • US History
      • Chemistry
      • Algebra 2
      • For the Advanced diploma (26 credits) – Students must pass the course, as well as the following:
        • All students must pass both the English 11 (Writing) and the English 11 (Reading, Research and Literature) SOL. This will provide 2 verified credits.
        • Students must also pass 2 SOL tests from each of the following groups:
          • Social Studies (2)
          • Science (2)
          • Math
          • Earth Science Algebra 1 (or Alg 1 Pt 2)
          • World History 1
          • Biology
          • Geometry
          • World History 2
          • Chemistry
          • Algebra 2
          • US History
        • Students seeking the advanced diploma must also pass one other SOL from these groups, making a total of 9 verified credits.
7)  Q Do the SOL requirements apply to all students enrolled in Virginia Public Schools?
A
Yes, however, there are some exceptions for students involved in specific special programs.
8)  Q Where can I find more information about the SOL requirements for my child’s graduation from Virginia public schools?
A
The following resources may also be helpful:

The Fauquier County Schools Program of Studies. A copy of the Program of Studies is available to each student during Spring Registration and also found online. Copies are also available at the Liberty High Guidance office. 

You may also consult the Virginia Department of Education Website at http://www.pen.k12.va.us

We hope you find this information to be helpful. If you need more information, please call the Liberty High Guidance office at 422-7367.