Virginia’s academic standards, known as the Standards of Learning (SOL), are available in all subjects [history & social science, English, math, science, technology, fine arts, world language, health and physical education, and driver education] from kindergarten through twelfth grade. There is an established 7-year schedule for when the SOLs for each subject are reviewed and updated.
The History & Social Science SOLs were updated in 2008 and are being fully implemented and assessed starting in the 2010-11 school year. The link below will take you to materials available from the Virginia Department of Education in each grade level. First, we have provided an explanation of some of the terminology to understand prior to looking at the history resources.
Standards – identify the main objectives to be taught at each grade level/course.
Curriculum Frameworks – provide teachers additional details regarding the essential understandings, questions, knowledge, and skills to address for each objective.
Test Blueprints – identify the number of items on the end-of-year assessment by specific reporting categories for 3rd, 4th, United States History I and II, Civics & Economics, World History I and II, Modern Global Studies, and Virginia & United States History.
Released Tests – provide teachers, students, and parents with what the official assessment will look like so that they can become familiar with format, length, and adherence to the test blueprint. There are protocols for how, when, and for which tests these are released. There has been only one test released for each of the history & social science grade level/course assessments since testing started in Virginia.
Enhanced Scope & Sequence – provides teachers with ideas, lessons, and other resources to bring the standards to life and ensure alignment between their instruction and course objectives.
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SOLs and Instructional Resources for History & Social Science