• Beginning in spring 2024, the Grade 5, Grade 8, and End-of-Course (EOC) Reading Standards of Learning (SOL) tests now have 2 parts to the test: a new, integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) component and the traditional multiple-choice component. Students are required to complete both test components, which must be taken over two different school days and in two different test windows:

    • IRW test window: April 15-May 10, 2024
    • Multiple-choice test window: May 6-31, 2024

    Schools will select specific test administration dates within each test window and communicate administration information to parents.


    New, IRW Test format:

    • Students will be presented with one nonfiction passage (or possibly a pair of passages at grade 8 and EOC) based on history or science content and then answer 5-6 multiple-choice/technology-enhanced items. This component is not computer adaptive.
    • Students will also receive a writing prompt.  The nonfiction passage provides context for students to use when responding to the prompt, or it may serve as a springboard for students who choose to incorporate personal experiences in their responses.
    • Students compose their response in the online test (TestNav).
    • The online test must be completed in one day.


    Score Reports:

    • The IRW component score report will provide:
      the standards on which the student was assessed and whether their response was correct
    • rubric scores for the writing portion that address:
      • Composing and Written Expression
      • Usage and Mechanics
    • the student’s short-paper response.

    • The Reading SOL multiple-choice component report will provide:
      the standards on which the student was assessed and whether their response was correct 
    • (Sample is for Math, but the format of the report is the same for Reading).