The Virginia DOE has previously listed SOL Practice Items on their website and this blog is just a reminder for principals of these options to prepare for the mathematics assessments. There are three listed below that you should find helpful to share with your staff.
The current round of assessments may be a cause for concern and frustration based on the preliminary mathematics test results. Please bear in mind that the items are more difficult because the standards are more rigorous and with the assessment, students are being asked for a response. The test results are not just because students are having to use technology. The technology enhanced items require students to think more critically and provide a response. The test prep method of eliminating choices will not work with these assessments.
1. http://www.doe.virginia.gov/index.shtml Mathematics SOL Practice Items: Practice items provide examples of new content and increased rigor of the 2009 Mathematics Standards of Learning. Items include examples of new technology-enhanced items for grades 6-8, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.
2.http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/practice_items/index.shtml#math SOL Practice Items: These practice items provide examples of the new content and increased rigor represented by the revised Standards of Learning (SOL) and illustrate the new Technology-Enhanced Item types for the mathematics, reading, science, and writing SOL tests. Technology-Enhanced Items (TEI) require students to indicate their responses in ways other than a multiple-choice format. Please note that the practice items are not intended to be a complete test and are not intended to cover all content for the grade level or course. Furthermore, while the practice items provide examples of some TEI, they are not intended to represent all types of functionality associated with these item types.
Virginia Modified Achievement Standards Test (VMAST) VMAST Practice Items: The VMAST practice items give students the opportunity to use research-based supports and simplifications that have been applied to existing online mathematics items to make them more accessible for students with disabilities. The practice items are samples only. They do not cover all content for the grade level or course, nor do they provide examples of all item types or functionality that may be found in the field test items.