State seeks public input for history SOL test at community event Thursday night

WILLIAMSBURG - State education officials will hold a hearing on Thursday in Williamsburg to gather community input on proposed revisions to the history and social science Standards of Learning exams given to public school students.

The history and social science SOL was last revised in 2008, and cover "the knowledge and skills students are expected to master in the subject area by the end of each grade or course," according to a state announcement.

The hearing is one of five across the state, all of which will be held in historic locations. Thursday's event is set for 7 p.m. at the Bruton Heights Education Center in Colonial Williamsburg at 301 1st Street. 

Those wishing to speak must sign up ahead of time, at 6:30 p.m. Each speaker will be allotted three minutes and is encouraged to bring a copy of any prepared comments.

"The board is conducting these hearings at some of the commonwealth’s premier historic sites to underscore its commitment to quality instruction in history, geography, economics and civics that prepares students to think critically about who we are as Americans and Virginians,” Virginia's state Board of Education president, Christian N. Braunlich, said in a statement.

Sampson can be reached at 757-345-2345.

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