Grade Eight Physical Science Content and Skills

Grade eight physical science content and skills are based on the Virginia Standards of Learning for Science. In grade eight students are encouraged to build upon prior knowledge and developed science process skills to analyze science topics with more depth and rigor. Students focus on the topics below.

  • Planning & Conducting Investigations
  • Characteristics of Matter
  • Atoms & Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table
  • Changes in Matter
  • States & Forms of Energy
  • Heat & Heat Transfer
  • Sound & Light
  • Work, Force, & Motion
  • Electricity & Magnetism

Science Standards of Learning Assessment

Full implementation of the 2018 Standards of Learning (SOL) begins with the 2022-23 academic year. State testing of the 2018 SOL starts in spring 2023. To access the 2018 Science SOL, please visit the Virginia Department of Education Science Standards of Learning website.