What Are Virginia's Standards Learning?
Standards of Learning set expectations for teaching and learning. They are statements of knowledge and skills that every child is expected to learn and use in solving day-to-day problems and to be a productive citizen. These standards were developed with the assistance of thousands of parents, teachers, business leaders, college professors, and other educators united by their concern for quality education.
While there are standards in many areas, the core standards clarify what students are expected to know and accomplish in the following subjects:
Through the standards, knowledge and skills acquired during the course of a school year build a foundation for subsequent learning. However, the standards are not - and are not intended to be - the entire curriculum for a grade level or course. The standards are organized by grade levels to help teachers choose content and skills appropriate for their students. Teachers are encouraged to go beyond the standards in their instructional program and decide which teaching methods to use with their students.
How Is Student Learning Measured?
How Will I Know How My Child Did on the Standards of Learning Tests?
Test results are sent to parents in a document called Report to Parents: Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments. The report includes:
· A summary of the student's performance for each test on a scale from 0-600. A student must receive a score of 400 or higher to pass the test. If a student scores 500 or more, he or she is considered to have performed at an advanced level, while a student scoring between 0-399 is considered to have failed the test.
· Each subject is divided into separate reporting categories. Each reporting category shows the number of questions the student answered correctly for each reporting category, and the total number of test questions in each reporting category.
How Can Parents Help?
To earn a high school diploma in Virginia, students must earn the required minimum number of units of credit in effect when that student first entered the 9th grade. There are two types of units of credit that a student may earn:
Students may repeat the end-of-course tests as many times as necessary to earn the verified credit required for graduation.
A student may be eligible for an expedited retest on an end-of-course test if he or she meets the following conditions:
Students with disabilities who do not meet the requirements for a Standard, Advanced Studies, or Modified Standard Diploma will be awarded a Special Diploma when they have met the requirements of their Individualized Education Program (IEP).
For specific course requirements for each type of diploma, consult your child's guidance counselor.
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