ROANOKE, Va. -

Today a group of Roanoke County teachers demanded change, on the heels of double-digit drops across the state on standardized reading and writing scores.

Several teachers at William Byrd High School joined Freeda Cathcart, the democratic challenger for the 17th district in the House of Delegates, asking to reform SOLs.

Cathcart called for a task force to figure out how to teach kids while not forcing teachers to teach to a test.

She says it's stressful for teachers to teach to a test and it's stressful for students to take them.

"It's very frustrating for a child to be labeled as a faiulre because he did not successfully complete one test that was made by someone other than his teacher, it was made somewhere else by someone else," said Jane Johnson, a science teacher at William Byrd.

We reached out to Cathcarts opponent, Delegate Chris Head who's in agreement that something needs to change.

Head added there needs to be a way to strike a balance between not teaching to a test, but measuring student achievement.