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SOL date confusion at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

What do ancient Greece and Rome and the West African empire of Mali have to do with force, motion, energy and matter?  Well, nothing.

So, when third grade students at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School sat down on Thursday to take the science Standards of Learning (SOL) test, they were surprised to learn that history was on the menu.

Candace Wilkerson, TJES principal, and Luanne Unruh, assistant superintendent for instruction at Louisa County Public Schools aren’t worried that the school’s third grade history SOL test scores will be impacted by the mix-up, though.

According to Wilkerson, the students have prepared for the test all year, adding that it’s not something that they can study for overnight. Unruh said she is confident that students will score well on the test.

Unruh praised Wilkerson’s handling of the situation, adding that the principal immediately notified central office when she realized the mistake and apologized to parents.

“It’s unfortunate. Mistakes happen,” Unruh said. “I do know that they [students] are prepared for the tests.  I am really sorry that it happened.”

To read the entire story, see the May 9 edition of The Central Virginian.