Standards of Learning

VDOE says some SOLs to be shorter this year

Technological advances will make this year's SOL tests less taxing for some students.

The Virginia Department of Education is in its third of a four-year transition to computer-adaptive testing for grades three through eight, according to a VDOE news release.

Williamsburg-James City County students will begin sitting for the exams May 8. Each school creates its own testing schedule, but Scott Thorpe, the division's director of special programs and accountability, said most schools start that week.

"They're shorter tests. In terms of grade four and five reading, we're talking about a third less items," Thorpe said. "It's computer adaptive now, which means...