Per VDOE, all state and federal assessments must be delivered under secure, standardized testing conditions in the presence of school personnel and may not be administered remotely to students. Students in any instructional model (100% distance or hybrid) must attend school in person in order to participate in testing. LCPS will ensure that all health mitigation procedures are in place and social distancing is observed.
In order to meet diploma requirements, all students need to earn a verified credit in reading and writing by taking the Virginia SOL in both areas. Broad Run High School will be administering the Writing SOL on Monday March 8th and Monday March 15, 2021. This SOL is a two-part test with multiple choice and a writing prompt, usually completed over two school days.
Broad Run High School Testing Locations
We are following all CDC COVID19 guidelines in order to create a safe testing environment for students. To support our students’ health and safety, Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will ensure that health mitigation procedures are in place and social distancing is observed. At Broad Run we will be using the following Testing Locations:
1. Main Gym
2. Auxiliary Gym
We are using those large space testing areas to:
Ensure proper 6' physical distancing (7' between desks and 8' between center of person)
Allow for the HVAC Air Handlers to process/cycle more air within the Testing Room
Main Gym Set Up
Auxiliary Gym will have Similar Set Up
What do I have to bring for SOL Testing:
1. Chrome Book - Fully Charged
Please make sure you Chrome Book is fully functional on Monday March 8th and Monday March 15th. If you are having problems with your school issued Chrome Book please stop by Broad Run and have your Chrome Book given for repair - you will be given a loaner that can be used for school and/or used on the SOL Test. You cannot use your own device so if your Chrome Book is not working please stop by BRHS to get it serviced. If you have an AOS Lap Top you will be testing on your AOS issued Lap Top.
We will be providing pencils but if you feel more comfortable using your own pencils/pens then you are more than welcome to bring your own on test day.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
It's important that parents and students understand that administering SOL tests is not a local decision. LCPS is complying with state and federal legislation (ESSA).
1. Why are we giving SOL tests this year when we didn’t last year?
In March 2020, Virginia public schools closed for the duration of the school year. Virginia was able to acquire a waiver from the United States Department of Education which freed us from having to administer federally mandated assessments in Reading, Math, and Science. Virginia also issued a waiver which freed us from having to administer state mandated assessments in Writing and History. To aid students in graduating or remaining on track to graduate, VDOE implemented emergency guidelines that allowed school divisions to award a locally-awarded verified credit to students enrolled in a high school level course at the time of the closure who passed the course/demonstrated mastery. Through this process students earned a verified credit without having to take an SOL test.
This year, schools are not closed and the United States Department of Education is not providing states a waiver. We must administer federally mandated assessments, regardless of the instructional model or health conditions. VDOE has attempted to support school divisions by offering the opportunity to provide performance assessments in place of SOL testing in Writing and History (state mandated assessments). LCPS is implementing the flexibility in all History and Social Science courses, but not in Writing. A combination of classroom assessments, projects/quizzes, and the performance assessments must cover all of the standards that would be assessed by the History and Social Science SOL test. Performance assessments will be scored by the classroom teacher using state rubrics. High school students who pass the course, pass the performance assessments, and demonstrate content mastery will be awarded a locally-awarded verified credit at the conclusion of the school year. SOL tests in Reading, Math, and Science remain the only way for students to earn a verified credit for their diploma.
2. Why can’t we give the SOL tests remotely?
SOL tests are proprietary assessments protected by a contractual agreement with the VDOE to maintain their security. Virginia is unable to administer SOL tests in a manner that would jeopardize their security. This includes remote administration which would be vulnerable to screen captures or other recording violations. Additionally, certain system and network requirements must be met to administer the SOL tests, which prevents the tests from being administered by non-VDOE approved entities.
3. Are there alternatives to the SOL test?
There are no alternatives for students taking grade level SOL tests.
VDOE will accept set cut scores on approved tests in place of some high school level SOL tests. The most frequently used tests are the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and the ACT. Families wishing to explore this option should reach out to their School Counselor for support.
4. How can you say it’s safe to test but it isn’t safe to instruct?
The United States Department of Education is not providing waivers from federal assessment and Virginia must administer the SOL tests in person; therefore, we are required to test students at school, regardless of our instructional model or rates of infection. LCPS has implemented rigorous health mitigation strategies to ensure the safety of students and staff while we meet these assessment mandates.
5. How long will my child take in order to take the Writing SOL on March 8th and March 15th?
SOL tests are untimed tests and students have as much time as they need in order to take the test. Typically, students spend approximately 2-3 hours on the Multiple Choice (Editing/Drafting) section and approximately 2-3 hours on the Direct Writing Prompt (Essay). If students finish before the 3 hour timeframe they will be released once they have finished. Also, if students need longer than the 3 hours to take this assessment they will be given the extra time to complete the SOL Test.
6. Since my student has been assigned a time and testing location - can they make changes due to schedules?
We will try to accommodate changes and will work with parents/students individually. We do ask that you contact Kevin Kozikowski, Testing Coordinator, at Kevin.Kozikowski@lcps.org. You can also contact your child's English 11 Teacher who can help provide assistance with making changes. Students are assigned a specific seat within the testing location which is a part of test security and for us to provide any contact tracing assitance if needed.
1. Students will park on the Football Stadium Side and/or Parents will drop off (West End Entry)
2. Morning Testing Arrival Time: 8:45AM; Doors Open at 8:15AM and Close at 9:10AM
Afternoon Testing Arrival Time: 12:45PM; Doors open at 12:30PM and Close at 12:50PM.
3. Students will fill out COVID-19 QUALTRICS Questionaire at Broad Run High School with their Smart Phone (if you do not have a smart phone paper/pencil copies will be avaliable).
Students will have temperature completed by our Heath Screening Team & SHOW THE GREEN CHECK MARK QUALTICS TO HEALTH SCREENING TEAM.
--> Upon arrival we are asking each student to follow staff direction
LINE UP NEXT TO THE ORANGE TRAFFIC CONES DOWN THE BAND HALLWAY
STAND NEXT TO SOCIAL DISTANCING CONES IN HALLWAYS
Entry from the Band Hallway Entry Door B4 Entry.
Testing Room Check In Procedures:
Once students have passed through the temperature Check Screenings then students will follow the social distancing cones down the Hallway until they are in the Auxiliary Gym, Main Gym, or Library.
- At the door, ask students to confirm that their phone and other electronic devices are powered off AFTER COMPLETING QUALTRICS HEALTH CHECK SURVEY.
- Ask students to place their devices in their backpacks or bags and to place these bags at the entry way into the Auxiliary Gym, Main Gym, or Library.
- If a student doesn’t have a bag, student will label the item and place on tables in Hallway
- Students will be given Number 2 pencils, and blank scratch paper. Bottled water is allowed in the testing rooms but should have a cap and be placed on floor under the desk.
- WE ENCOURAGE STUDENT'S TO BRING A SLING BAG TO PLACE THEIR CELL PHONE. NO BAGS ARE ALLOWED IN THE TESTING ROOM. SO TESTING ITEMS CAN BE PLACED IN CLEAR ZIPLOCK BAG (Cap Water Bottle is allowed).