Board Relaxes Passing Requirements on SOLs

The State Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday to relax test score requirements in science and history for the first three classes of students graduating under the Standards of Learning program.

The board decided "not" to give students a similar break in math as originally proposed. The relaxed requirements also will not apply to English.

The new policy is intended to help students who did not get instruction under the new academic standards in the early grades but still have to pass SOL tests to graduate.

Board president Mark Christie says the board is trying to be fair and flexible. The new policy affects students graduating in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

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