Test schedule must change for SOL scores to improve

The stagnant results for the Williamsburg-James City County schools SOL tests reported in the Aug. 17 Virginia Gazette were particularly disheartening because I know that our teachers invested major time and energy last year revising instruction, implementing test-taking practice for all students, and providing remediation for students who had struggled on previous tests. While these strategies will undoubtedly be improved and continued this school year, another aspect of the testing must be addressed: End-of-the-year SOL tests in our high schools encompass more than three weeks, presenting many problems. The SOL testing schedule needs to be modified.

One major problem with the...