Testing Information

SOL and other standardized test information.

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March 8th Grade Writing SOL

Eighth grade students will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Grade 8 Writing Test between March 2 and March 18, 2020. It is important that your child attend school on these days. If possible, please avoid scheduling trips or appointments that would take your child out of school during this time period. If you become aware of an unavoidable conflict that could result in your child missing a testing day, please notify the school as soon as possible.

In order to minimize the impact of the Writing SOL on classes, we will be running a modified schedule on Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6.  On these dates, periods 1 and 2 will be flipped with periods 7 and 8.  The order of the periods will be 7, 8, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1, 2.  

The writing test has two components: multiple choice response and a short paper response. In order to obtain a score, your child must complete both components.

Please refer to the table to determine the specific dates that your child will be testing.  Testing will be based on which English teacher they have.

table with testing dates

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the “item of personal belonging” (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Emily Pyatt-Openshaw, School Test Coordinator (@email).

Modified Bell Schedule March 5 and 6

In order to minimize the impact of testing on classes, we will be running a modified bell schedule on March 5th and 6th so that periods 7 and 8 are first, and periods 1 and 2 are last.  Please see the schedule below.

flipped bell schedule


May/June 2020 SOL Testing Dates

Subject Testing Date Teams Testing
8th Grade Reading May 11 Guardians/Constellations
8th Grade Reading May 12 Martians/Pegasus
7th Grade Reading May 13 Supernova/Sirius
7th Grade Reading May 14 Starbursts/Comets
8th Grade Math (all levels) May 18 Prevost, Drumheller (pd 3), Baxley
8th Grade Math (all levels) May 19 Bradford (pd 4&6), Erler, Quinlan, Hummel (pd 3), Marcey
7th Grade Math (all levels) May 20 Bradford (pd 1, 2, 7), Schnuda, Zein
7th Grade Math (all levels) May 21 Henderson, Hummel (pd, 1, 2, 4, 6), Park
8th Grade Science May 26

Martians/Pegasus (am)

Guardians/Constellations (pm)

8th Grade Civics May 27

Guardians/Constellations (am)

Martians/Pegasus (pm)

Make Up testing will take place throughout the testing window.

Please note - students with testing accommodations may test at a different date or time than their classmates.

2019-2020 Testing at Kilmer 

Below is a general idea of when any of our large-group testing will take place, and who is involved.  More detailed information will come out as each of our larger test windows gets closer.


Test Name


More Information

Reading Inventory August 29-September 13 Given to all Kilmer students through their English classes in order to determine reading levels.
Horizon Division Assessment November 25- December 20 Given in all math and English classes.  This is a county-mandated test taken by all FCPS students.
WIDA February 3 - 14 Given to all ELLs to measure their progress.
Writing SOL March 2-18 Given to all 8th grade students.  Follows criteria set by the state.  Test has two parts - multiple choice will be given the first week of testing, and the short paper will be written during the second week of testing.
Horizon Division Assessment  March 9 - April 3 Given in all math and English classes.  This is a county-created test taken by many FCPS students.
Reading Inventory May 18-June 12 Given to all Kilmer students through their English classes in order to determine end-of-year reading levels, and measure growth.
Non-Writing SOLs May 4-June 5 7th grade students take a math and a reading SOL.  8th grade students take math, reading, Civics, and Science SOLs.  More detailed schedule available in April.



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