New Standards of Learning (SOLs) are scheduled to be activated across many districts and states. If this is one of your states this year this documentation should help show how to bring locally created content to the new SOLs. When aligning this content there are a few things you will need to keep in mind in order to ensure an effective use of assessments. Here is a suggested process to follow when aligning content:
Aligning items to both SOL sets will keep the data integrity of the item, as well as keep it available for future testing. If an exam is mapped to current (2016) SOLs, while some of the items remain mapped to expired (2009) SOLs, the reporting will be split across reporting templates and could cause discrepancies in reporting.
You will want to make sure that the SOLs on which you will be assessing your students are the only SOLs to which your courses are mapped. For example, if you are testing on the 2016 SOLs, you will want to map your courses to the 2016 SOLs, to allow the appropriate access.
Following are some detailed instructions on how to map your courses, align items, and request realignment. If you have further questions, please contact Support via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), phone (866-434-6276 Press 1 and then 7), or via Live Assist.
Courses are assigned to subjects during the initial upload process. In some instances, the subject mapped to a particular course may need to be changed (i.e. MATH-8 to MATH-A or ENGL-6 to ENGL-7).
If the subjects that are mapped to a particular course need to be changed,
Locally created content (items, resources, and exams made within the district) must be realigned if they meet the new SOL set. If these items are not realigned, they will be removed from the ‘Assessment Library’ Item Bank and will no longer be able to be used once the old SOLs are deactivated. To realign items,
Request for PowerSchool Realignment
If you have an immediate need to use the item, you will want to right click on the item, and select “Create New Version.” Then, you can follow the before mentioned steps to align the item to the new SOLs. If you encounter an item that was created by PowerSchool that you believe should be realigned to the Current Standards, please reach out to Support via e-mail (email@example.com) and include the Question, Resource or Exam ID, and our Content Team will review your request and align if deemed to align fully to the new SOLs.