In Virginia, it stand for Standards of Learning and all students will have to
past at least 4 core based subject SOL tests to get out of High School. The
students start taking them in 2nd grade. The state of Virginia has really
come down hard on school systems and individual school who's students scores
don't measure up.
Maybe it's just the system I work for, but it had added a lot of stress and
pressure on the classroom teacher and has the school board looking at cutting
fine arts programs as well as other elective classes at all levels to make
time for remedial classes for each SOL test that a student fails.
Things don't look good for art in Virginia, at least where I live.