High Stakes Testing in Virginia
Presented by: Amanda Davis
What does "high-stakes" testing mean?
What makes the test high stakes? To understand this question, we need to understand the test and the standard of the test. According to the Virginia Department of Education, "Virginia has the Standards of Learning which establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in english, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education" ("Virginia Department of Education," n.d.).
What are the legal and ethical implications for teachers administering these tests?
The legal and ethical implication for administering this test include:
Providing students with an appropriate testing environment that will limit distractions
Providing fully trained proctors for test
Monitoring students at all times during a test
Not tampering with students test response
Securing all test materials
Ethical challenges teachers face when preparing students for SOL test
There are some ethical challenges teacher may faced while administering the SOL test. These challenges include.
Teaching to the test
Coaching students on the correct answers prior to testing
Allowing the use of unauthorized resources during the test