Equity, Assessment and Strategic Operations

Equity, Assessment and Strategic Operations

Dr. Crystal Haskins
Director of Equity, Assessment & Strategic Operations
(757) 283‐7850 x.10317

Sherri Sanchez
Supervisor, Testing
(757) 283‐7850 x.10230

Marcus A. Nieves
Supervisor, Academic Planning & Data Analysis
(757) 283‐7850 x.10524

For additional information, questions, or support requests, please contact us.


The 2020-2021 Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Test, Virginia Alternative Assessment Program (VAAP), and WIDA Access for ELLs Administration: At this time all state and federal tests scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year will be administered. Administration of theses assessments are a requirement for the Virginia Department of Education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). (Source)

  • Individual student assessments, please contact the School Testing Coordinator at the school in which the student is enrolled.
  • Newport News Public Schools state testing implementation plan, please contact the testing office at [email protected].

Spring SOL Administration Schedule

Please choose the appropriate parent/guardian letter link to view important SOL information.

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Diagnostic Assessment Letters for Families, 2021-2022

Newport News Public Schools administers screening and diagnostic assessments to determine support needs and monitor student growth throughout the school year.

Please choose your child's grade to download an informational letter to families.


Education Equity: Eliminating the predictability of student outcomes based on race, gender, zip code, ability, socioeconomic status or languages spoken at home.
(VDOE. Adapted from the National Equity Project. Educational Equity Definition.)

Current Initiatives

  • Equity Policy Development
  • Superintendent's Equity Council
  • Implementation of #EdEquityVA Framework


Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data in support of improving outcomes and opportunities for each learner.

Local, State, and Federal Testing

  • Division Assessment Plan and Calendar
  • Standards of Learning Testing Information
  • COVID Impact on Assessments

Research, Evaluation, and Data Analytics

  • Program Evaluation
  • Academic Data Analytics
  • Stakeholder Surveys


Journey 2025: Creating a path for the Journey 2025 strategic plan by focusing on the present to create our future.

Current Initiatives

  • Introduction of Journey 2025 to stakeholders
  • Development and implementation of strategic plan key performance indicators
  • Development of NNPS Journey 2025 data dashboard
  • Student growth measure development

Division Testing Calendar

Our Mission & Purpose

Mission: The Department of Equity, Assessment, and Strategic Operations will provide schools, division leaders and stakeholders with information, research and resources to facilitate data-informed decisions that lead to equitable student outcomes.

Purpose: Provide high quality support and strategic leadership in the areas of:

  • Identifying and addressing inequalities that create barriers to student engagement and achievement.

  • Implementing and monitoring of our strategic plan Journey 2025

  • Analyzing data to support the improvement of the instructional program

  • Evaluating programs and processes for impact on student outcomes