Caroline Cruiser

CCPS is excited to announce that the Caroline Cruiser is ready to hit the road. In the coming days and weeks you will see the Cruiser traveling around the community visiting community businesses and neighborhoods. Our community bus will be full of materials and supplies and be a helpful resource for our students and families. Caroline County Public Schools would like to thank the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Value City/American Signature, Drainfield Solutions, Hornes Restaurant, Sonny Merryman, Spirit of Excellence, the Rollins Family & the Wilson Family for donating to wrap the bus!

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Spring Testing for Students in Grades 3-11

Caroline County Public Schools will administer Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) assessments from April 26 to May 26, 2021. Parents and guardians of virtual students will need to complete an online form to facilitate logistics related to SOL testing. Please review the following information and complete the online form by Monday, March 15, 2021.

 SOL Testing Information for 2021

All school divisions in Virginia are required to administer SOL assessments which are designed to measure students’ mastery of the standards. These assessments may also be used for students to earn verified credits to meet graduation requirements. 

The SOL assessments must be administered in person and test dates this year will depend on whether your student is utilizing the in-person learning option or the virtual learning option. 

The following tests will be administered:

Content Grades
Reading 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and EOC*
Mathematics 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and EOC* 
Science 5, 8 and EOC* 
Social Studies EOC* 

* End-of-Course (EOC) tests are associated with high school credit courses used to meet graduation requirements (English 11, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, World History I, World History II, and Virginia and U.S. History). 

Per emergency guidelines, students who are enrolled in World History I and World History II will complete a locally-developed performance task and district common assessment rather than taking the related SOL test. Students will receive a locally awarded verified credit based upon their grade in the course and the results from the local assessments.

Based upon emergency guidelines, the Superintendent of Public Instruction requested and received a state- level waiver to give local divisions the flexibility to choose to administer local alternative assessments in lieu of administering the required Virginia Studies, Civics and Economics, and Grade 8 Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) tests in the 2020-2021 school year. Students will not be administered the Standard of Learning tests in these areas but will complete local alternative assessments that include a combination of performance tasks and accompanying summative assessments in Performance Matters. Parents will receive a division-generated score report at the end of the school year.

In Person Students

Students who have chosen the in-person learning option for spring 2021 will complete SOL tests during the school day on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays within the testing window. Specific test dates and additional information will be shared at a later time.

Virtual Students

Students who have chosen the virtual learning option for spring 2021 will complete SOL tests at school on one or more of the following Wednesdays:  April 28, May 5, 12, or 19.  Transportation will be provided, if needed.  However, please note that if your student utilizes CCPS transportation they will remain at school until the end of the school day.  Additionally, lunch will be provided, as needed. All health and safety procedures will be followed. Specific test dates and additional information will be shared at a later time. 

During this pandemic year, parents can refuse to have their student come in to test for one or more of the required state assessments due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students who do not test because of concerns related to COVID-19  will receive a NS, or no score, on their related assessments. Despite these special circumstances, results from the SOL assessments provide important information to help monitor student learning and provide instructional support. Schools are expected to meet SOL participation requirements and may have federal / state imposed required actions for not meeting those targets. In addition, some SOL tests are needed for students to earn verified credits in order to meet graduation requirements. Students only need a 350 on a SOL passed this year in order to earn a locally awarded verified credit for that course. If a student does not complete testing for a course with an accompanying verified credit, they will be required to test in a future SOL administration.

Return to Learn – Day One

Day 1 of the in-person and virtual Return to Learn model has drawn to a successful close. CCPS greeted approximately 52% of our students virtually, while 48% of PK-12 learners arrived at school by car or bus! Our staff eagerly anticipated their arrival and readily implemented the months of logistical planning and mitigation strategies with confidence and precision. But of even greater note, was the positive spirit, warm smiles, and sweet interactions observed and heard throughout the hallways and classrooms.

We thank you – parents, care providers, and the CCPS community, for supporting your children and the CCPS family throughout the past 12 months. Today’s reopening will be forever etched in the memory of our school community as a symbol of resilience, determination, and collaboration. Take a peek at some of these special March 1, 2021 moments: Return to Learn Video