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       Virginia's
    Standards of Learning
     

    Standards of Learning

    The Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools describe the commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, mathematics, science, history and social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health and physical education, and driver education.

    Curriculum Frameworks

    The Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework amplifies the Standards of Learning and defines the content knowledge, skills, and understandings that are measured by the Standards of Learning tests. The Curriculum Framework provides additional guidance to school divisions and their teachers as they develop an instructional program appropriate for their students. It assists teachers as they plan their lessons by identifying essential understandings, defining essential content knowledge, and describing the intellectual skills students need to use. This supplemental framework delineates in greater specificity the minimum content that all teachers should teach and all students should learn.

    School Divisions should use the Curriculum Framework as a resource for developing sound curricular and instructional programs. This curriculum framework should not limit the scope of instructional programs. Additional knowledge and skills that can enrich instruction and enhance students' understanding of the content identified in the Standards of Learning should be included as part of quality learning experiences.

    Curriculum Frameworks, when available, are linked from the Standards of Learning Resources pages, by subject.

     

    Enhanced Sample Scope & Sequence Guides

    The Virginia Standards of Learning Enhanced Scope and Sequence is a resource intended to help teachers align their classroom instruction with the Standards of Learning that were adopted by the Virginia Board of Education. The Enhanced Scope and Sequence is organized by topics from the original Scope and Sequence document and includes the content of the Standards of Learning and the essential knowledge and skills from the Curriculum Framework. In addition, the Enhanced Scope and Sequence provides teachers with sample lesson plans that are aligned with the essential knowledge and skills in the Curriculum Framework.

    School divisions and teachers can use the Enhanced Scope and Sequence as a resource for developing sound curricular and instructional programs. These materials are intended as examples of how the knowledge and skills might be presented to students in a sequence of lessons that has been aligned with the Standards of Learning. Teachers who use the Enhanced Scope and Sequence should correlate the essential knowledge and skills with available instructional resources and determine the pacing of instruction as appropriate. This resource is not a complete curriculum and is neither required nor prescriptive, but it can be a valuable instructional tool.

    The Enhanced Scope and Sequence contains:

    • Units organized by topics from the original Scope and Sequence
    • Essential knowledge and skills from the Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework
    • Related Standards of Learning
    • Sample lesson plans containing:
      • Instructional activities
      • Sample assessments
      • Follow-up/Extensions
      • Related resources
      • Related released SOL test items

    Enhanced Scope and Sequence, when available, are linked from the Standards of Learning Resources pages, by subject.

    Released Tests

    These files are a form of the tests that students across the Commonwealth of Virginia took as part of the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments. The test questions are representative of the content and skills included in the Virginia Standards of Learning tests and are provided to help you understand the format of the tests and questions.

    Released tests, when available, are linked from the Standards of Learning Resources pages, by subject.

    Test Blueprints

    The Standards of Learning test blueprints serve as a guide to teachers, parents, and students in that they show Standards of Learning covered by a test, reporting categories of test items, number of test items, and general information about how the test questions are constructed.

    Blueprints, when available, are linked from the Standards of Learning Resources pages, by subject.