New SOL Testing Options Being Tested

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- State education leaders are trying out new forms of the standards of learning tests for students and they could actually shorten the time it takes to complete them.

The new computer adaptive tests are done online.

"What is the solution to 2x = 6?" is an example of sample math question for a seventh grader.

In the new tests, which are only being tried out right now, the questions would not all be the same, like they are now. Instead, the questions would be customized based on how well or poorly a student does during the exam.

The Washington Post reports in sample testing, the students who tried the new tests completed them faster than the current ones including one of the tests completed in about 40 minutes less time.

Harrisonburg Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrick Lintner thinks these new tests are a good idea and would be more popular with students.

"They have the potential to be more engaging. The testing time should be shorter, and they should arrive at a score which would equate to the linear tests that they're doing now," said Harrisonburg Schools Assistant Superintendent Patrick Lintner.

It will still be some time before these tests are used throughout the state, but it looks like they are coming. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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