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Overview of Local Assessments

posted Nov 14, 2014, 3:30 PM by bcps web   [ updated Apr 9, 2015, 5:43 AM ]

On September 18, 2014 the Board of Education approved guidelines for locally developed assessments that will replace five discontinued Standards of Learning (SOL) tests. 

Legislation approved by the 2014 General Assembly (HB 930 and Senate Bill 306) eliminated the following SOL tests, effective with the 2014-2015 school year. 

  •       Grade 3 History/Social Science
  •       Grade 3 Science
  •       Grade 5 Writing
  •       US History I
  •       US History II

The intent of this legislation was to eliminate some of the tests used for accountability and to encourage greater use of assessments that are designed to inform instruction. 

The state now requires each school division to locally assess students’ progress in these courses.  In grade 3-5, we will give a cumulative course assessment in late spring to satisfy the requirement.  Currently, we administer benchmark assessments in US History I and US History II.  The benchmarks provide teachers with information about what students have learned as well as the concepts and skills that your child has not yet mastered. 

Local assessments results for your child may be found in Parent Portal.  They will not be used in the calculation of your child’s nine weeks or final course grade.  If you are unable to access Parent Portal, contact the school and they will provide you a paper copy of the assessment results.