Department Overview

  • Testing & Data Systems

    The Office of Testing and Data Systems primarily plans and implements the state Standards of Learning (SOL) assessment program for Richmond City Public Schools. We provide an information base for reporting of student SOL results for educational decision-making related to students, programs, instruction and curricula. We coordinate, monitor, and support the accurate completion of designated division, state, and federal reports, and serve as the resources to central office administration and school staff in the processing, retrieval and use of test management and student data information. In this capacity, we serve students, parents, educators, and the greater Richmond community.

    Testing programs required for state and federal accountability include the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments, the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program (VAAP), the Virginia Substitute Evaluation Program (VSEP), and the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs) test.

    The Office of Testing and Data Services also supervises annual testing for Home-bound Instructed students.

    The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as "The Nation’s Report Card," is a project of the U.S. Department of Education. In Richmond City Public Schools, NAEP is coordinated through the Data and Testing Services Office.

    The Office of Testing and Data System is located at 301 North Ninth Street, 14th floor, Richmond, Virginia. The hours are 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday - Friday.  We are open all year, based on the Richmond City Public Schools calendar.

    State Assessment Administration

    • SOL Test Administration: Responsible for test material management, training, reporting and distribution of score reports. Alternate Assessments (including VAAP and VSEP): Work with Exceptional Education and Student Services in test material and student data management, score entry and reporting.
    • English Language Proficiency Assessment: Works with Title III Office in test material and student data management, test administration training, score reporting/distribution of the Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) for English Language Learners (ELLs) test.                                                              

     About SOLs                   

    The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools describe the commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in grades K-12 in English, Mathematics, Science, History/Social Science, Technology, Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education, and Driver Education.

    These standards represent a broad consensus of what parents, classroom teachers, school administrators, academics, business and community leaders believe schools should teach, and students should learn.

    In the four core areas of English, Mathematics, Science, and History/Social Science, a curriculum framework also is provided that details the specific knowledge and skills students must possess to meet the standards for these subjects.

    Current Standards of Learning are listed on the Virginia Department of Education website.        


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Contact Information

  • Testing & Data Systems

    Valenta Wade, Manager
    Richmond Public Schools
    301 N. 9th Street,  14th Floor
    Richmond, Virginia  23219
    Tel: 804.698.3738