Virginia Parents Refuse Children's Part in SOL Testing

By: Charles House II Email
By: Charles House II Email

Parents and students sound off about the Standards of Learning tests.

Now, some Virginia parents refuse to have their children take the SOL test, and the trend is growing.

Last year, many students did not take these series of test.. because their parents wouldn't let them.

Schools are required to administer SOL tests, although parents have the final say. When it comes to their child, he or she doesn't have to take it. Passing the tests isn't required for students to be promoted in grade school, but it does count as a fail for high school students. One parent we spoke to disagreed with the practice of SOL tests.

"It's not so much that I'm concerned about the student having to take a test, and as much that I don't think all kinds of intelligence can be measured with a test, but it forces a teacher to cover certain things in a certain way that I think leave a lot of interesting points and different intelligences out of the mix," said Phoebe West, a Staunton parent who's daughter isn't yet old enough to take the SOL, but who had strong opinions on the test.

Currently, there is no way for schools to track who refuses to take a test, but that will change next year. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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