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VDOE Releases Annual SOL Test Results

August 31, 2021

Accreditation Waived for the 2021-2022 School Year

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has released SOL test results for the 2020-2021 school year and updated School Quality Profile reports for each school and school division.  Because school accreditation was waived for 2021-22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOL test data will serve as a tool to set a baseline for recovery and measure student learning growth this year. 

According to State Superintendent of Public Education James Lane, pass rates reflect disruptions to instruction caused by the pandemic, decreased participation in state assessment programs, pandemic-related declines in enrollment, fewer retakes, and more flexible “opt-out” provisions for parents concerned about community spread of COVID-19.

“Virginia’s 2020-2021 SOL test scores tell us what we already knew—students need to be in the classroom without disruption to learn effectively,” Lane said. “The connections, structures, and supports our school communities provide are irreplaceable, and many students did not have access to in-person instruction for the full academic year. What matters now is where we go from here, and we will use the data from the SOLs to identify the unique needs of every learner as our schools resume in-person instruction for all students.”

VDOE offers the following reminders about state accreditation and federal accountability ratings for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • While the department will report the results of the 2020-2021 SOL tests, accreditation ratings for the 2021-2022 school year will not be calculated.
  • All schools will have the rating “Accreditation Waived,” as during the 2020-2021 school year.
  • VDOE will not calculate performance levels on accreditation school quality indicators based on 2020-2021 data.
  • Federal accountability determinations under the Every Student Succeeds Act will continue to be based on pre-pandemic performance during the 2018-2019 school year, as per an emergency waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Fauquier County Public Schools commends its teachers for adjusting their curriculum to teach skills and content that were deemed to be most critical for students.  Additionally, students who tested are to be commended for stepping in and doing their very best under challenging circumstances.