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Re: “Richmond Parents Take a Pass on SOL Tests

SOL tests are not easy for everyone. Many students with learning disabilities who already have trouble in school get really upset about having to take the SOL's. Some get physically ill. The tests don't always reflect what was taught during the year, sometimes the questions are written in such a way that children don't understand what's being asked, and they're not allowed to have anyone explain it to them. Not only that, but they have a different teacher in the room - sometimes a sub the kids don't even know. The teacher may not even be allowed in the building that day. Plus, when they have to go to the bathroom, there's a hall monitor who makes sure only one child goes into a bathroom at a time. The rest have to stand silently against the wall. This is because the entire grade is taking the test at the same time and the kids aren't supposed to discuss it until it's over. In some places, they even eat - silently - in the classrooms so they don't discuss answers at lunch time.

Add to all that the fact that the SOL's aren't always an indicator of ability. They're an indicator of how well you take a test. This country survived for 200+ years without the SOL's and was the envy of the world, technologically, in the 50's.

Kids take plenty of tests during the school year to evaluate their knowledge. No one is calling for an end to testing - only an end to the SOL's.

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Posted by Alyssa Freeman on 05/27/2015 at 12:04 PM

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