VIRGINIA Virginia school students will spend next year studying less for tests and focusing more on class work. A bill passed recently that will cut SOL testing in the state in half.
The bill reduces testing for elementary and middle school students from 22 to 17. It is a response to a national outcry from educators and parents to spend less time on prepping for tests and more on actual education. The number of tests for high school students will stay the same. We spoke with a local student who told us how testing changes the way she learns in school.
"I definitely feel like we could be learning a lot more if we weren't required to learn certain things by SOLS, because I'm in classes that are not SOL classes and we learn a lot more life skills than just what's required for one test that we're going to forget at the end of the year anyway," said Bryce Coleman, a Broadway student.
More changes may be made, and more tests removed, as the new state superintendent of schools comes in to office.